Discuss Canada’s food guide and the Eat Well Plate. During the discussion, identify some common foods and ask students to identify where they fit on the Eat Well Plate.
- For most meals, try to fill ½ of your plate with vegetables and fruit, ¼ with protein foods and ¼ with whole grain foods. To simplify, we should aim for lots of vegetables and fruit with a little bit of whole grain foods and a little bit of protein foods.
- For most snacks, try a vegetable or fruit on its own, or pair it with a protein food or whole grain food.
*Continue to look for opportunities to help students correctly identify a wide variety of foods.
Start a Conversation: What are some examples of tasty meals that meet Canada’s food guide recommendations?
- Strawberries ∙ Carrot sticks ∙ Tuna sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce & tomato ∙ Milk
- Sugar snap peas ∙ Pear ∙ Whole grain English muffin with pizza sauce, bell peppers and melted cheese
Start a Conversation: What are some examples of tasty snacks that meet Canada’s food guide recommendations?
- Whole fruit
- Veggies & hummus
- Whole grain crackers with cheese & grapes
- Cut-up fruit & yogurt
Activity Idea: Draw a plate that is divided according to Canada’s food guide. Have students fill the plate with a variety of foods by drawing them, cutting and pasting pictures, or collecting verbal suggestions.
Start a Conversation: Name some factors that can influence food and beverage choices. Can they be changed, or are they out of our control?
Some answers may include…
- The food that is available at home.
- The kitchen equipment that is available at home for preparing, storing and handling food.
- Knowing how to prepare and store food safely.
- The food available when eating out.
- Whether or not someone has an allergy and/or a medical condition.
- Seeing marketing and advertising.
- Whether or not it tastes good.
- How much foods cost.
- The food that is available in the community.
- Being influenced by peer pressure.