March is National Nutrition Month, and the perfect time to introduce healthy eating habits to children. Children enjoy holiday activities and celebrations, and calling attention to this month as a special month for healthy eating can be a fun incentive to get started.
The Sarasota County Public School System has a great plan for helping children make healthy choices in the cafeteria. Food choices are marked Green for Go foods, Yellow for Go Slow foods, and Red for Whoa-Stop foods. The menus are easy to read and kid-friendly with these colors to help with making good choices from the cafeteria. Foods that are marked Green for Go are nutrient dense with vitamins and minerals. These foods are the lowest in fat, sodium, and calories. Foods that are marked with Yellow for Go Slow foods are a bit higher in fat, sodium, and calories. Students are encouraged to eat less of the foods that are marked with Yellow for Slow. Foods that are marked with Red for Whoa are highest in fat, sodium, and calories. Students are encouraged to choose these foods only once in awhile. The foods that are marked in Red for Whoa are less nutritious than other foods.
The cafeteria system in the Sarasota County Public Schools also has information for parents and students that can help with choices in foods for students with allergies and special diet needs. The Peanut Sensitive Snack List is of special interest in that there are many children now with peanut allergies.
Why not implement the fun Green for Go, Yellow for Slow, and Red for Whoa in your kitchens this month to have some fun with eating healthy and learning to make wise food choices?
Check out the helpful video for more tips for helping children eat healthy.