Ladies and gentleman, we have made it all around the MyPlate and have come to our final food group:
What do you know about dairy? Do you know about the health benefits? There are enough benefits to give dairy a place on the MyPlate so lets check it out!
There is an extremely important nutrient that you will find in dairy products. And that is:
99% of the calcium in our body is stored in the bones and teeth. It helps your keep your bone and teeth strong. As you continue to grow and develop through your teenage years, it is especially important that you eat enough calcium!
So how much is enough? Since you won’t be measuring out the calcium in every food that you eat, just remember 3 a day.
If you eat 3 dairy products a day, you will likely meet the needs of your growing body! So try out a variety of combinations such as:
Can you find a few different types of dairy in the word search that will help you get enough calcium each day?
(Click on the picture to get a printable version)
So what are some other benefits of dairy?
- Protein: In 1 glass of milk there are 8 grams of protein, which comparable to meat! The great thing about milk, however, is that there is less fat content than meat.
- Vitamin D: Most people are not out in the sun long enough every day to get enough vitamin D, but companies actually add Vitamin D to milk to help us make it up! Vitamin D will work with Calcium to keep your bones strong!
- B Vitamins: Dairy products also are a great source of some of the B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, etc.)
Dairy has a lot of vitamins and minerals that help with growth and staying healthy, so make sure you are getting your 3 a day!
Now that we have gone through all the food groups, test your knowledge with the following games and fun!
Answer some questions about the different field groups to get higher scores on the different track and field events!
Watch this short video of a group of adventurers meeting new friends on a hike and how they get everyone back on track with some balanced snacks!
Think you have a good feel for MyPlate? Print off this menu planner and create 3 days of full MyPlate meals!
Good luck and Happy Creating!