Food for Thought...and Energy, too!

Food For Thought

Food fuels our bodies. The foods we eat can give us energy, build strong bones, and maintain our muscle. Explore the ways each food group contributes to our health, and design a dazzling reusable shopping bag to remind you which foods your body needs.

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    Have you ever been told to eat your vegetables? Why? What is the benefit of consuming all those colorful fruits and veggies? Fruits and vegetables give us nutrients our bodies need, like fiber and vitamins!

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    What other foods does your body need? Explore the food pyramid to find out! You will find grains, dairy, protein, fruits, vegetables, and oil represented on the pyramid. In what ways does each of these groups contribute to the nutrition of a healthy body? How much of each group should you eat every day to get all the vitamins and minerals your body requires?

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    The grocery store is a great place to find all the delicious, nutritious foods recommended on the food pyramid. To help you make good selections while shopping, create a vibrant design on a reusable shopping bag with Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers! Draw the foods you love from each of the groups on the food pyramid!

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    For the best results, use a shopping bag that is 100% cotton fabric. Place a piece of paper underneath the drawing area to prevent bleed through. Draw your design, making sure you saturated the cloth. Be creative! Add a fun border or decorative details to your shopping bag. Use several layers of the Bright Fabric Markers to give the foods you draw rich, lively color! Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.

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    When you are finished, ask an adult to iron your design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.