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This activity worksheet should accompany a lesson about choosing healthier (nutrient dense) foods in any type of restaurant.
*Nutrient Dense foods are high in nutrients and lower in calories. Nutrient Dense foods should provide a significant amount of vitamins, minerals, lean protein, healthy fats and fiber. Nutrient Poor foods will provide a high amount of calories, fat and sugar while lacking nutrients.
I have done this activity a couple different ways, so you can decide based on your class. I have had higher performing students research restaurants on their own, guiding them to choose a variety of restaurant and cuisine types. With other classes that have needed more direction, I would print out restaurant menus and place them around the room to do this gallery walk style so that I could easily see if they were on task.
I used this activity for a Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness class, but it would also work well for Culinary Arts, Foods, Health, Physical Education or any class covering nutrition or healthy choices.
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Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness TEKS covered:
(2) The student understands the role of nutrients in the body. The student is expected to:
(A) classify nutrients and their functions and food sources and compare the nutritive value of various foods;
(B) assess the effects of nutritional intake on health, appearance, effective job performance, and personal life;
(4) The student demonstrates knowledge of nutritionally balanced diets. The student is expected to:
(A) research the long-term effects of food choices;
(D) plan diets based on life cycle, activity level, nutritional needs, portion control, and food budget;
(G) analyze current lifestyle habits that may increase health risks;
(I) examine the nutritional value of fast foods and convenience foods;