How To Talk To Kids About Real Food

I have the pleasure of working with some great moms at our elementary school on an upcoming school assembly (for the students) that is all about real food! This is something we’ve never done before at our school, and it supports the initiatives for our new Healthy Child and Earth Committee. When we first started planning out the assembly we were honestly not sure where to start – I mean I talk to adults all day long about real food (you guys!), but a couple hundred kids? Some of which are brand new to the topic? So thankfully another local food blogger, Adri Warrick with The Whole Tulip, shared with us that she uses the red light/green light concept from a kids book called Eat Healthy, Feel Great when she talks to the kids at her school. That bit of information was exactly what we needed to get started, and today I want to share a version of our presentation,  that was inspired by this concept, with you that you can easily share with the kids in your life. :)

Thanks to the team of moms I am working with on our school assembly, here is a kid-friendly transcript about eating “real food” that you can literally sit down and read together with your children:

How To Fuel Your Body

Race Car

Close your eyes and pretend that you are sitting in the coolest, fastest race car you can imagine. Maybe it’s a red race car or a green one or even a car with racing stripes or flames painted down the sides. Now start up that engine, push your foot down on the gas pedal, and start zooming around the race track. Be sure to watch out for other cars – Vroom Vroom!! Wait a second…you are low on gas, which means it is time for a pit stop. What do you think is the best way to fuel your new high-performance machine? Top quality gasoline of course! Only the best quality will give you the best performance. But what would happen if instead you decided to fill your new race car with gloppy, thick mud? Yuck! How do you think that would make your car perform? How fast would it go? I bet it would be slow and feel weighed down. And that’s because – just like with your own body – the fuel that you use is very important to doing your best. Getting exercise along with the food you eat impacts how you feel, think, and perform tasks. Without a balanced and healthy diet – tasks like reading, writing, and even thinking can be harder for your body.  So today we are going to learn how to make healthy food choices so you know how to “fuel” your body so you can feel and do your best.

Traffic Light Foods

To understand what foods are good for your body we are going to use this traffic signal. Green Light Foods are “go” foods that will fuel your body in the best way possible by giving you the energy and nutrients your body and brain need to feel top notch. We will also talk about Yellow Light Foods, which are “sometimes” foods – these are okay to eat sometimes. And lastly we will go over Red Light Foods, which are foods you should avoid and try to not put in your body.

Traffic Light Foods

 

Green Light FoodsGreen Light

Once again, Green Light Foods make your body feel and work the best. Many Green Light Foods come from plants. These foods can be picked out of a garden, out of a field, or off of trees. These are foods like bananas, carrots, oranges, avocados, apples, grapes, berries, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, cucumbers, artichokes, broccoli, green beans, peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and more! There are so many healthy fruits and vegetables to choose from – which ones are your favorites?

Some other Green Light Foods that also come from plants are beans, nuts, seeds, and whole-grains. Beans like black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, and kidney beans are all great for fueling your body. There are also many types of nuts including cashews, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, and many more. Seeds can come from plants like sunflowers or pumpkins. And when you think about breads and grains – whole grains are the most nutritious because they still have all the important parts intact – and you can see the difference in bread, pasta, and rice that is brown or tan in color. Not white or light yellow.

Lastly, some Green Light Foods can come from healthy animals as well. Think about foods like eggs, milk, and cheese that come from happy animals. And some meat products like fresh fish and also chicken and beef that come from animals that roam on wide open, grassy fields are good for you as well. The best and most nutritious animal products almost always come from small, local and/or organic farmers. So be sure to get those Green Light Foods from the farmers’ market – or look for the word “organic” on the label.

Remember…Green Light Foods are “go” foods that will give your body the fuel it needs. Just be sure to wash down all those healthy Green Light Foods with lots of water!

Green Light Foods
Green Light Foods

Yellow LightYellow Light Foods

Yellow Light Foods are foods that are okay to eat sometimes. Just like the yellow stop light means to slow down, you don’t want to eat too many of these foods. A lot of yellow light foods are made with white flour and sugar. Think about treats you make at home with sugar like cookies that you mix up in a bowl or homemade birthday cake. Also, packaged foods like pretzels, crackers, and white bread are Yellow Light Foods because they are oftentimes made with white flour instead of the healthier whole-wheat flour. Some other yellow light foods are lemonade, chocolate milk, and other sugary drinks. Treats like ice cream as well are yellow light foods, which again means these foods are okay to eat sometimes. But you do have to watch out because some of these foods can also have red light ingredients, which you will learn about next.

So just remember, yellow light means slow down and don’t eat too many of these because they are “sometimes” foods.

Yellow Light Foods
Yellow Light Foods

Red LightRed Light Foods

Red Light Foods are foods you want to avoid as much as possible. Most Red Light Foods are made in factories and come in packages. The best way to know if something is a Red Light Food is to read the ingredients on the back of the package. And that is because Red Light Foods contain Red Light Ingredients. Here are some examples…

 

Red Light Ingredients To Avoid

More About Red Light Ingredients…

–> Red Light Ingredient #1: Artificial Dyes

  • If a packaged food is bright in color it probably contains artificial dyes.
  • These are bad because they are fake additives made by food scientists from petroleum (the same substance used to make gasoline!) – so they are not good for your health. These chemicals make some kids so hyper they cannot sit still in class.
  • Look on the ingredient label for words like Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, and Artificial Color – and avoid them.

–> Red Light Ingredient #2: Hydrogenated Oils

  • If a food is made with Hydrogenated Oil that means it contains trans fat – some examples are store-bought frosting, sprinkles and margarine (fake butter).
  • This is bad because eating a lot of trans fat is not good for your organs including your heart, which is part of your body’s engine!
  • Look for the words Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Oil on the ingredient label – and avoid them.

–> Red Light Ingredient #3: High Fructose Corn Syrup

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sugar made from corn – corn kernels are not bad, but High Fructose Corn Syrup is and it is in a lot of packaged sweet treats like soda, fake syrup, and also things that don’t even look like they are treats, like jelly.
  • Eating too much of any kind of sugar can make you overweight and unhealthy, which can really slow you down.
  • Look for the word High Fructose Corn Syrup on the label and avoid it.

–> Red Light Ingredient #4: Words You Cannot Pronounce or Would Not Cook With At Home

  • Avoid other ingredients that you have never heard of and would not cook with at home.
  • Here are some examples – can you even pronounce these words?
    • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG – a salty additive)
    • Maltodextrin (another highly processed food additive made from corn)
    • Aspartame (fake sugar)
    • Sodium Benzoate (a chemical to make food last longer – what’s also called a preservative)
    • Propylene Glycol (also used as antifreeze in cars and boats!)

Pictured are some foods that contain Red Light Ingredients and are not good for your health – instead focus on eating foods and ingredients that you are familiar with and would cook with at home…like the Green Light Foods we talked about earlier!

Red Light Foods
Red Light Foods – These Foods Contain Red Light Ingredients

One more Red Light Food to watch out for is all “fast food.” Think again of the Green Light Foods, like a pumpkin for example. What would happen if your Halloween pumpkin was still sitting on your front porch? It would be all rotted and nasty. Well believe it or not fast food meals that are even as old as you…6, 7, 8 years old or even older still practically look brand new! That is because the chemical additives that aren’t good for you can make processed food last for what seems like forever. That doesn’t sound like something that would do a good job fueling your body! So remember, red light means stop – so the next time you pick up a packaged food “stop” to see if it contains any red light ingredients.

Be A Label Detective

Now, it is your job to be a label detective so you can figure out if the food you are about to eat is a Green Light Food, Yellow Light Food, or Red Light Food. Even if a food package has a fun cartoon character on the front or you see a commercial about it on TV it or it says “fruit” on the box it can still contain Red Light Ingredients, which is why you have to turn the package over and read the ingredient label. Let’s start by reading a couple labels together.

At first these look like they could possibly be yellow light foods, but read the ingredient label next to it to find all the Red Light Ingredients (items that are hard to pronounce and that you would not cook with at home)!

Red Light Example

Red Light Example

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Remember if a Green Light Food has an ingredient label at all the list will be short (5 or less ingredients) and it will not contain any white flour, sugar, or Red Light Ingredients. But the best Green Light Foods for your body do not even come in a package or have an ingredient list at all!

The Best Green Light Foods Have No Labels
The Best Green Light Foods Have No Labels

It is really important to fuel your body with LOTS of Green Light Foods every single day – especially fruits and veggies – so you can feel good and be healthy! Plus don’t forget to wash down all those Green Light Foods with plenty of water and also be sure to get lots of exercise as well. When you feel your best…you do your best!

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  1. Thanks SO much for sharing this! I teach 2nd grade and am doing a unit on nutrition next week. I’m not too crazy about some of the info in our science book, so I’m going to use this instead! I’m thinking I can get at least 2 if not 3 lessons out of this post. Thanks!

  2. My understanding of high fructose corn syrup is that it is not a less healthy form of sugar, but that it is in so many foods in such high quantity that we ingest way more sugar than we should. The body doesn’t know if your sweetener is cane sugar, honey, agave nectar or HFC syrup: it is used for energy and the excess stored as fat. Again, the danger with HFC syrup is its utter pervasiveness, not that it is less healthy itself. Too much of any sweetener is a bad thing.

  3. Love Love Love this! Totally summarizes our philosophy too. There are plenty of fun, tasty foods in green and yellow, so why even bother with the red?! If my daughter occasionally is given a red light food outside of the home, I can live with it, knowing that at home she is full of plenty of “green light” stuff. Yellow light foods are our “treats” at home. :)

  4. Love your site! Just wondering why you’d allow a McDonald’s coupon to be shown? Doesn’t that go against everything you’re working toward?

    1. Hi Jen – With our ad networks we categorically block food and pharma ads (as well as the standard controversial categories). We forgo a lot of revenue since food is so aligned with our site, but so be it.

      However, occasionally undesired ads do slip through the filters. For example, an ad may be listed as “Target” but be showcasing junk food they sell. Coupons are harder to police as well. Also note that different ads are served to different people, so we may never see the ad you are seeing unless you tell us about it.

      With our premium ad network we actually review every single ad prior to it running, and of course we take great care in selecting the sponsors we work with directly to ensure we select companies that will be of value to our readers.

      Anyway, all that is to say that if you see a ‘bad’ add, by all means tell us (email info{at}100daysofrealfood{dot}com and include a screenshot). That way I know to look for it and can block it. We don’t want them running any more than you do. Thanks!

  5. This is so perfect. Somehow I want to get this message to all the parents and children at my school…One of the kids in my class thinks a fruit roll up is fruit….because it says Fruit on the label…. We have a long way to go to undo what the junk food industry has done to us….Thank you thank you

  6. Granny Midwife

    I raised 4 kids to become very healthy adults! I began in the late 70’s with making my own baby food from pureed steamed organic veggies. I poured them into ice trays and froze them. I’d pop 1-3 veggie cubes into a small pan & heat till melted & tepid. I saved some baby food jars & would pop a couple of cubes in before we left for a few hrs. it was easy! As they could eat more solid food, I ground up at the dinner table some food from our plates & so on. I made mostly organic meals unless we went out for pizza as a treat. When they were tweens & teens I didn’t buy anything I didn’t want them to eat/drink. they were home or with me (at their sports events, gymnastics, etc) 90 % 0f the time, so I could still monitor what they ate and was fond of saying, No, I’m not going to buy a cup of carbonated water with some sugar syrup with artificial flavors & colors for $2.50! I just didn’t do it! I later said, no, I’m not spending my money on toxic waste! and Red #40 is against my religion! LOL
    I did not eat/ drink any of these red-light things myself. And when they spent the night at a friends, grandma’s, etc. I gave instructions that they have ‘allergies’ to sugar, MSG, food colorings, etc. Other parents would say, how do you do it? Or – good, I don’t want my kids eating that crap either, so we can take a break also!
    When they get to be teens & young adults, it’s out of your hands, but I’m glad I laid a healthy foundation…. They are all incredibly healthy as are my Grandchildren. It is worth it, trust me – you will not regret sticking to your values about food/drink when they are young and you’ll be amazed how many other parents want to change their kids diets also.

  7. lunch box love cards? “R”efuse, the paper that is wasted on creating these cards, the trash that is used in shipping them. buy a few stamps, or markers, and get creative people!

  8. Thank you so much for posting this!! I have recently started homeschooling my 1st grade son and this is how we live, so he is very familiar with many of the terms. I’m just so glad this is all organized so nicely and I like the green, yellow and red light idea! I’m so excited! It makes it easier for my children to make good choices when I am not with them.

  9. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Katie. Even baby steps move you forward. The best you can do is plug away at educating parents, administrators, food services, and children on why real food nutrition is so important. Children who are fed better learn better! This wonderful website provides a full curriculum that can be implemented school wide: http://www.foodday.org/. If parents demand change, it will eventually happen. Good luck. ~Amy

  10. This is so cool because my best friend’s son must go to your children’s school. He was just explaining to me and his mom all about red light, yellow light and green light foods and I immediately knew where he got that. Your message definitely got through!

  11. This is great, I have eaten healthy most of my life, and I started off with feeding my girls whole foods mostly. But lately I’m getting a lot of complaining from the kids about wanting to eat the food their friends eat. We’ve always parented where we teach the girls that every family does their own thing and our life and our house has it’s own rules and standards. But the girls are growing more frustrated in this subject. It would be sooooooo nice to be able to direct them to a role model, maybe another kid they can look up to. If there are any online organic kid groups we could get involved with maybe it would help my girls not feel so alone on this.

  12. Great information! We have been following the Feingold program and have cut out everything on your Red Light list (yay!). For those who said it’s too confusing for kids – I disagree. Sure, the kids aren’t going to be shopping and reading labels but a child who can read can certainly scan over an ingredient list and identify key words with some practice. When I mention something that has artificial color in it, my 3 year old will say “dye isn’t good for our bodies”. This stuff is quite simple as long as you’re talking to your kids about it.

  13. My 3rd grader has to do a weekly report on something she’s read. I had her read this article aloud and complete her report. It was eye-opening for her to learn more about the red light ingredients we talk about at home. This was the best investment of time for a reading assignment!

  14. I saw your post on Facebook about the “real food assembly” that you did at an elementary school? I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, but don’t remember ever seeing anything about that before? Do you have more information anywhere about how you did that? How the assembly was structured, etc? Sounded like you had characters/costumes? This sounds like something I would LOVE to do at my daughter’s school! She’s in 6th grade this year, so this is the last year I would have the chance to make something like this happen and this year is almost over! Thanks :-)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kimberly. You are welcome to use all the information that is contained in the post. It is formatted pretty much as it was presented in the assembly. We had people performing their individual parts such as as a green light presenter, a yellow light presenter, and a red light presenter, etc. You could bring in examples of each category as well. Be sure to consider the age of your audience and adapt accordingly. Also, this website has an incredible curriculum and graphics: http://www.foodday.org/. Please be sure to abide by our terms of use: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/terms-of-use/. We love when people share our information and spread the word about the power of real food!! Best of luck. ~Amy

  15. Not eating correctly or as you say ‘real’ foods is at the core of many of our health issues. Maybe you are aware of the British chef Jamie Oliver and his TV series on preparing lunches for a group of schools. If not he is worth checking out because he too was trying to improve the quality of school lunches and their canteen methods.

    Some of his encounters with youngsters reluctant to eat anything different were quite enlightening. I can still see his horror talking about ‘Turkey Twisters’- a totally processed food that was a regular item for some places.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Ian. Yes, Jamie Oliver is a great resource. I have my kids watch his Ted Talk any time they fall off the real food wagon. :) ~Amy

  16. There are a lot of parents out there that are not educated in nutrition and how to feed their families. I think elementary/ Middle school aged kids need to be taught this info so that they take it into thier homes and become the educators to their families. I have had some experience in nutrition education with these age groups and they are so eager to learn about how to fuel their bodies its exciting. I think this presentation is great. If we educate our kids in what a food label is they will begin to understand it.

  17. I don’t think she’s suggesting that our kids be trained to read labels and understand what ingredients are red light ingredients. It’s our responsibility, as parents, to do that (unless they are old enough to handle that responsibility) and then keep those red light foods out of our homes. Will our kids be offered those foods elsewhere (school, friend’s houses, etc.), probably. But, if we keep our own pantries and refrigerators stocked with green and yellow light foods then we have built the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. As stated, red light food should be avoided “as much as possible”. You only have control over what food enters your own home. So make sure that food is in your kids’ best interest rather than expecting them to choose an apple over a candy bar.

  18. Besides food dyes, the one ingredient I absolutely cannot stand is BHT. It was not listed, nor talked about anywhere in this story. BHT is a jet fuel derivative used for preservation of packaging.

  19. This is EXCELLENT! Just shared it on my Train Up the Child Facebook page. Thank you so much for such an informative and interesting way to teach about healthy eating. I just read it to my 4 y ear old grandson and he was quite engaged with it.

  20. I agree with the post above – you need to be careful how to address the red light list as many children and their families don’t have a choice to avoid some of these items due to income, working parent(s), etc. My child goes to a Title I school where many kids are on free and reduced lunch and some don’t eat a meal unless they are at school. That said, kids can also be powerful influences on their parents so there is a fine line here. Your red light list may scare kids if they recognize things they eat but feel they have no control over the food presented to them. I wonder if you could just focus on what healthy eating is (green light only) and leave it at that? Show them how to make healthy choices like the post above mentions – water over soda, fruit over a candy bar, etc. I think a discussion about wants versus needs also fits here -and maybe having kids sort food that we need versus food we don’t need. Kids like sorting activities – this would help make your presentation interactive as well – they could yell out “want” or “need.”

  21. Critical Reader

    As a feedback from someone, who is not talking about ingredient labels with kids. The traffic light system I find very good, the introduction also. The green light section is good, the yellow light section also, the red light section is too complicated, too long and overall unnecessary. The elementary-school age kids in my family would not understand a single word. Those kids don’t even know what an ingredient list is, let alone expressions like “additive”, “food dye”, “preservative”, “trans fat”, etc.

    I’m not sure if reading food labels is really an important skill for elementary school kids. They are not the ones buying the food and frequently won’t even see the boxes of the food that is served to them. It might be better to focus on issues kids are actually able to make a decision on, like drinking water instead of soda or picking an apple instead of a cookie as a snack or not stuffing themselves with candies instead of eating real food. Sounds all boring, but in my experience that are the things most parents are struggling with most.

    Be careful about getting political. You are going to talk in front of a diverse crowd, to families with different income levels and to families from different cultural backgrounds. Not everybody has the budget, time and/or believe to shop at farmers markets or buy organic. Small farms are not per se better than large farms, etc. As others have already mentioned MSG is for some cultures a regular spice and might therefore not be the best choice for the naughty list.

    1. I read labels when I was in elementary school, primarily because I helped shop and cook for the family. Why not teach kids how to read food labels at a young age?

      1. Critical Reader

        Anelie, I just have a different approach. I do not teach my kids at a young age about food labels, because I consider it as not necessary and in some ways even harmful. I love to cook and food is for me primarily about enjoying a good meal and conversation. I want my kids to enjoy their food and not be scared of it. The majority of their food they eat at home where I have control over it. I don’t care what they eat at other people’s places or in restaurants. If they are offered the classical colorful supermarket-birthday cake I want them to enjoy every single bite without them worrying about potential food dyes. I don’t want them to become food detectives.

        I don’t have any forbidden items and give my kids only a rough understanding of healthy/un-healthy, reducing candies, not stuffing themselves with sweets before a meal, etc. I am also not scared of GMOs and most food additives. They are safe to eat – I just prefer home-made food, but don’t consider everything made from scratch as necessarily healthy. For instance, home-made Mac and Cheese, home-made Granola, and peanut butter are on my junk list and I serve them in small quantities only.

  22. For the few here that didn’t think Lisa should be pushing her views….well here’s some sobering statistics….

    In 2007, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the largest study ever done on children and advertising.

    Tweens and Teens see 17-21 food ads per day. That’s 7600 food ads per year!
    50% of all ads featured during children’s shows are for food.
    34% of food ads were for candy and snacks, 29% for cereal, 10% for beverages, 10% for fast food.
    Nearly one in five food ads makes a health claim. 42% of all cereal ads include a health claim. The most frequent health claim in food ads is: “provides essential nutrients”.
    Of the 8,854 food ads reviewed in the study, not one ad was for fruits or vegetables.

    The study states: “Because children 8–12 watch so much television, and therefore see so many food ads, they may be the group most affected by food marketing….they have more time away from their parents, have their own money, and have more opportunity to make their own food choices.”

    So…if parents and educators don’t teach kids about good nutrition they are simply letting the greedy manufacturers do it.

    That said…I’m a big fan of everything you blog but I have a teensy issue with your yellow light foods. The lemonade. I make fresh lemonade for my family everyday. Lemons and limes are very low in natural sugar and are a great detoxifier. We do use stevia to sweeten it.

  23. I never comment but feel compelled to make a few personal points. We are not perfect “real food” eaters but are trying one day at a time!(1)I am appalled at most of the lunches the kids bring from home. I pack my 14 yo daughter’s lunch everyday (at her request)…homemade wraps and “lunchables” packed in cute containers and her friends think her lunches are cool. (2) After a hospitalization for an acute asthma attack, I became more serious about cutting out the preservatives and additives that are linked to asthma attacks, so it is a very personal and potentially life saving mission and (3)MSG is used in Chinese homes but when “over” used in salad bars etc in can and does cause gastro issues and headaches in many people. Most Chinese restaurants in my area do NOT use MSG in most dishes but I am still leery. Every person and family has to make their own decision and chose to change (or not) based on the facts as they perceive them.

  24. This is wonderful, thank you! My husband and I do not have children yet, but will eventually and I always wonder how I am going to explain the way we eat (compared to food they will most likely get at school and other kid’s houses).

  25. Thank you for this Lisa and for everything on your blog! As a grade 1 teacher, I cannot wait to share with my students. Their lunches are terrible and it breaks my heart:( The school meal program (so gross) and weekly bake sales don’t help either.

  26. This is awesome.. I work in a school and the lunches parents send are nothing more than garbage…Oreos and doritos? with a “juice box” C-mon parents
    Love this can I put a link to this on our school newsletter?

  27. Our family has been in the process of moving to a real food way of life for the past few months. I have 3 boys and 1 girl all under 10, with a few very picky boys, so this transition has not been easy! My oldest is a label detective already, which really helps! We just read through this and will be implementing it in our home. The boys will have to determine if what they are choosing to eat is a red, green or yellow light food! Thank you so much for this awesome website!!!

  28. I would love to have this info on one page to print out or send to mom friends and hang up in our kitchen as a daily reminder about food choices for my whole family. Is something like that available on your website or elsewhere? Thank you for all the great recipes and info. Your granola has revolutionized our snacking habits — that is not overstating it at all!

  29. I also plan to homeschool but would use this in my curriculum! Part of a very well-rounded education, for sure! Maybe if I would have gone to an assembly about this when I was a kid, I wouldn’t have dumped my mom’s healthy lunch in the trash and use my milk money for an oatmeal pie. And- maybe I wouldn’t have eaten all those nasty lean cuisines when I was in college while trying to get fit! Good job!

  30. This is great! We actually use a stoplight color coding at our corporate cafeteria to show healthier options for employees. Even tongs on the salad bar are colored so people are mindful about the choices they are making. Every day there are two $5 “right choice” offerings which are healthy fresh foods – cheaper than most other meals there, and part of a “buy 10, get the 11th free” promotion. Love this idea for kids!!!