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A-Z healthy school lunches for hands-on nutrition lesson plans


Childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes, Covid 19, gluten and nut allergies--schools and parents face these and so many more health concerns. Health is about more than just treatment. Prevention is the key. Along with the sanitizer and mask, don't forget to pack healthy school lunches. Looking for portable lunchbox foods kids will love? Here's monthly lunch menu of easy, healthy school lunch recipes from A-Z!  Engage kids packing their own school lunches with these easy kid-friendly lunch recipes. Teach them to read product nutrition data. Some "healthy foods" are surprisingly unhealthy and some brands are healthier than others. Use snack-sized zippered bags for kid-friendly portion control and to avoid waste. Rotate this lunch menu monthly so kids won't get bored.

A+ Applewich: Spread light oat grain or keto bread with almond butter or natural peanut butter (no transfat). Add sliced apples or apple butter. These will be in hot demand on your monthly lunch menu.

Banana Boats--cut two slits in banana and peel back skin part way. Remove a little banana and fill with peanut butter and apple slices. Save removed banana for PBB sandwiches (lunch recipes below)

Jeef Berky (our silly name for homemade beef jerky) Click here for my obesity-busting beef jerky recipe! 

Cheez-apps--Cheez-its crackers with dried apples or apple slices--sprinkle apples with lemon juice and store separately in school lunchbox.

Dogs in the blanket--Wrap Smart dogs (made with tofu) or string cheese in lettuce leaves. Add no HFCS ketchup or honey mustard if desired. 

Eggs Devilishly Good--Hard boil eggs, chill and peel. Rinse and slice lengthwise. Remove yolk and mash it with mustard, light olive oil mayo or light thousand island dressing, dill weed and paprika. Fill egg cavities. 

Fruit Max--Mix dried apricots, cranberries, raisins, apples, guava, papaya (don't get sugared ones) with nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and pretzels

GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) or dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts or any nuts! These travel well in a school lunchbox.

Hors d'oeuvre (pronounced, for fun, horsie doover) Poke small stick pretzels into cheese cubes

Happy Trails Mix-- Mix unsweetened breakfast cereal (Chex or Cheerioes), pretzels, dried fruit or sundried tomatoes, cheese cubes and dark chocolate chips (just a few) for a yummy healthy school lunch. 

Insanely Healthy Peanut Butter Dip (peanut butter and plain Greek yogurt mixed half and half) with rice crackers, strawberries, pineapple, baby carrots, green pepper spears.

Jumble nut butter oatmeal cookies--Swap oil for flaxseed and sugar for banana. Mix with different nut butters (peanut, cashew, almond or sunflower) and mixed nuts and seeds for remarkably filling protein alternatives for vegetarian school lunch recipes.

Kangaroo Sandwiches--Stuff pita pocket bread with lettuce and chicken or tuna salad. Mix tuna or chicken with light mayo, spicy mustard, chopped celery, apples, grapes, nuts and black pepper. Be sure to call it Kangaroo Sandwiches on the school lunch menu!

Lighten Up Roll-ups--For gluten-free roll-ups, skip bread or wraps.  Spread lettuce leaf with cream cheese or cottage cheese, uncured turkey lunchmeat, tomato and/or onion slices. Roll and slice. For keto, use a keto high protein wrap.

Mucho Guacamole Boats--remove pits from avocado and scrape out avocado. Mix with lemon juice, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, onions for guacamole. Fill skin with guacamole and sprinkle with cheese. Send chips separately. If gluten-free or keto, substitute cauliflower chips. How's that for super healthy school lunches in minutes?

Nuts and bolts--Mix low sugar breakfast cereals like Cheerios, Life, Chex, Corn Flakes, Wheaties and Special K. Add dried fruit. Pack organic protein milk, almond milk or lowfat milk boxes for healthy school lunch or breakfast cereal.

Olives overboard pasta salad--Cook whole grain pasta, drain and chill. Add cubed feta cheese, cucumber chunks, green and black olives and a little olive oil for vegetarian lunch recipes.

Po'boy Shish Kebobs: Skewer Swiss cheese chunks, pickles and all natural Al Fresco chicken sausage slices on toothpicks.

PBB sandwiches. Make peanut butter sandwiches with banana slices.

Quick school lunchbox recipes--Pita chips and hummus with baby carrots--Teens love these lunchbox foods.

Raw colored peppers and yogurt salad dressing (store separately). Yogurt dressing is Greek yogurt mixed with lemon juice, feta cheese, pepper, dill, rosemary, oregano and sage.

Smoked almonds, broccoli, berries and yogurt dip--How's that for super portable vegetarian lunchbox foods.

Sailboat Sandwiches: PBJ sandwich cut diagonally (for boat) and then one half in half again (sails). Use light whole grain bread, natural peanut butter and low sugar jam.

Tomatoes or baby carrots and hummus are another teen lunch pleaser.

Very Vegetarian Veggie burger: Mash beans and mix with chopped veggies. Cook ahead and make into sandwich.

Wagon wheels--Cut sliced cheese round using mouth of small glass. Place inside two crackers. (This was Timer's recipe in the old Saturday morning PSAs "Time for Timer." )

Under the Sea. Serve Goldfish crackers with foil tuna packets or imitation crab sticks. Add cucumber slices and watermelon chunks for quick lunch recipes.

X-tra quick school lunches--Serve healthy power bars like Annie's or Luna bars. These make great school snacks or lunches that satisfy.

YOLO--Lemon or orange flavored yogurt cups or Greek yogurt cups like Light and Fit, Stonyfield, Oikos, Dannon, Chobani. Avoid "kid" yogurt or yogurts with granola, candy, dyes or junk in them. Choose small yogurt cups for less waste. Or mix plain Greek yogurt with organic lemonade, peeled grapefruit and oranges. Serve with nuts for vegetarian, keto and gluten-free school lunches. Filled with immunity boosting antioxidants, these help prevent Covid 19. 

Zucchini "Sushi" Rollups--Spread turkey lunch meat or cheese slice with cream cheese and wrap around skinny spears of zucchini, carrots, green peppers, cucumbers and scallions.

You can beat childhood obesity without ever mentioning the word "diet." And these healthy school lunches boost immunity and so keep even Covid 19 at bay! Use the recipes on nutrition lesson plans. 



Free Printable Apple, Plant Science

Autumn in Michigan means apples. Apples are a common theme for preschool and elementary school students. Teachers and homeschoolers, are you teaching a fall apple unit? Here's a sweet treat for you: 166 pages of free printable apple themed worksheets and lesson plans.
Northville Cider Mill in Northville, Michigan offers a free printable apple-themed activities booklet, There are printable coloring pages, worksheets, puzzles, games, word searches and crossword puzzles on apples. There are apple-themed cross-curricular science experiments, social studies connections, economics lessons, Michigan history activities, apple math problems and more.
Each lesson has a printable student copy and teacher answer key. Use this book for all ages from preschool to grade 8. It can easily be used with special education students, too.
Now scoot over to A to Z Teacher Stuff for more links to dozens of free printable apple lesson plans, crafts, mini booklets, games and worksheets. Most are geared to ages pre-K to grades 4.
Kinderplans has cute free printable apple themed reading and phonics lessons for preschool and kindergarten. There are other printables based on apples, too. Print apple math lessons on counting, addition and subtraction. Print reading activities and games for emergent and reluctant readers. Special education will love the bright, cheery apple activities geared no-fail fun.

For more worksheets and printables visit my blogs Free Printable Lesson PlansDIY Homeschooland Free Lesson Plans 4U.

Free Printable health, Food, Inc Documentary Film Lessons


With obesity at crisis level, attention turns to childhood obesity. Weight problems begin at home and so that's the best place to begin with healthy lifestyles, nutrition, exercise and eating habits. But school can help too. Here are free printable health lessons on nutrition and other children's health science topics. Kids Health has free printable health lessons, health science worksheets and healthy living activities. These lesson plans cover common subjects taught in health class. Health lessons cover all grades, preschool through twelfth grade. Each age category has a separate link listed on the left side of the page.
Each grade level addresses three basic areas of health lessons geared to the age, abilities and maturity of the student. There are free printable health lesson plans on the Human Body, Health Problems and Personal Health. Lesson plans include free printable teachers guides, games, activities, worksheets, handouts and health science experiments. Some lessons also contain a study guide, student quiz and answer key. Here is a scope and sequence for each grade level and will work well for homeschool, special needs students and special education health classes.
Pre-K- 2nd grade--Healthy Habits (available in English and Spanish) Human Body covers body parts, bones, muscles, joints, mouth, teeth and skin, Body Systems covers Cardiovascular, Digestive, Respiratory, Body Functions, Hearing, Sleep and Vision. Health Problems covers Infections, Diseases and Conditions, Asthma, Diabetes. Personal Health lessons covers Puberty and Growing Up, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, Self-Esteem, Hygiene, Germs, Fitness, Nutrition, Breakfast, Energy Balance.
Grades 3-5--Human Body covers body parts, bones, muscles and joints. Body Systems cover Cardiovascular, Digestive, Immune, Respiration, Body Functions and Sleep, Health Problems, Infections, Diseases, Conditions, Asthma, Eating Disorders, Bird Flu, Obesity, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco. Personal Health science covers the same topics as the K-2nd grade syllabus, geared to 3-5th graders.
Grades 6-8 Human Body covers Body Parts, Mouth and Teeth, Skin. Systems include Cardiovascular, Respiratory. Body Functions include Sleep, Vision. Health Problems include Infections, Diseases, Conditions, Asthma, Bird Flu, Diabetes, eating disorders, HIV and AIDS, Obesity, Skin Cancer. Emotional Health science issues cover Depression, Stress, Drugs, Alcohol, personal health, puberty and growing up, conflict resolution, self-esteem, nutrition, food safety, school lunch, breakfast, fitness and sports safety. Grades 9-12 cover much of the same topics only in high school lesson plans.

To deal with obesity, visit Chartwells for free printable calorie counters, carb counters vitamin and mineral information other health protocol. Visit Choose My Plate for free printable health information, nutrition, calorie counters, carb counters and more health nutrition activities. Visit MyPyramid for free printable weight loss tools, obesity management, nutrition and health activities

Free Printable Food Journals, Online Calorie Counters for Health, Science


To address growing children's health concerns--diabetes, nutrition, obesity, fitness and general wellness--several groups have developed health programs written at kid level. They offer free printable food journals, online fitness trackers and nutrition planning tools. Geared for elementary to high school age kids, these programs teach self-sufficiency and basic life skills related to health.

  Choose My Plate , a service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers kids meal planners, free online food journals, free printable nutrition trackers and other helpful resources. The site is designed for adults but has materials adapted to children, too.


  Chartwells (a school nutrition program) has an initiative called "Eat Learn Live" which provides free printable food journals and diet trackers and other health tools for kids, parents and teachers. Many schools across the U.S. partner with Chartwells and use the program in their food service program. This link explains how Eat Learn Live works in schools and how it can be adapted for home use.


  Chartwells offers nutrition data personalized to specific school breakfast and lunch menus. Kids can track food intake using menus they actually eat from. Using this tailored data, kids can plan their eating and measure their nutrient intake. You can also access this information from your school's food service link on the school website. Chartwells Eat Learn Live resources page has information on carbohydrates, calories, vitamins and minerals, fat, sodium, protein and other food data.


  Of particular interest is the Kidnetic webpage. This site gives kids free printable activities, online health games, online food journals and fitness trackers and healthy recipes. Kids often eat less healthy foods because it's easier and quicker. They come home hungry and want to eat immediately. The food tips and recipes on Chartwells give kids healthier eating options. Snacks can be made quick and easy with little parent supervision. This is especially good for kids who are home alone after school.


  Another useful student health website is BAM! Body and Mind (a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This site cover all areas of child health: nutrition, fitness, dental care, illness, immunity, drugs and medications, substance abuse, weight problems, depression, emotional health, bullying, peer pressure, relationships, family health and social skills. Written in cartoon graphic novel style, kids can play games and interact online. BAM! offers kids free printable exercise calendars and food journals.


 


Free Printable Health, Hygiene Lesson Plans


It's happened again. Just when you thought you knew the roster of classes you would be teaching this year, they thrown a new one at you. What do you do for lesson plans at the eleventh hour? Or maybe you are a new teacher in need of lesson plans to get your classroom of to a good start? Or maybe you've taught the same material for so long that you want to gag and flog the publisher with a stick? If you find yourself in need of lesson plans for a new class or supplemental material, then you have found the right place. I have a two blogs on which I post all the free lesson plans that I can find on the internet.
www.freelessonplans4u.blogspot.com has an assortment of lesson plans from my teaching career, homeschool days and also from other teachers.
Here is a new free printable teaching lesson plans website that I just discovered while researching for an article. www.kidshealth.org has entire free printable lesson plans. These lesson plans are all based on subjects for health class. There are lesson plans for all grades, preschool through twelfth grade. Each age category has a separtate link. Each grade level has covers three basic areas of health, geared to the age of the student. There are segments on: The Human Body, Health Problems and Personal Health adjusted to the needs, abilities and maturity of the students. Each lesson includes free printable teacher's guide, games, activities, handouts and experiments. Some lessons also contain a study guide, student quiz and answer key. Here is a scope and sequence for each grade level. Perfect for special needs students and special education health classes. Great for homeschoolers, too!
Preschool:Healthy Habits (available in English and Spanish)
Pre-K-2nd Grade:
-Human Body
---Body Parts
Bones, muscles, joints
Mouth, Teeth
Skin
---Body Systems
Cardiovascular
Digestive
Respiratory

---Body Functions
Hearing
Sleep
Vision
-Health Problems
---Infections, Diseases and Conditions
Asthma
Diabetes
-Personal Health
---Puberty and Growing up
Conflict Resolution
Empathy
Self-Esteem
---Hygiene
Germs
---Fitness
---Nutrition
Breakfast
Energy Balance

Grades 3-5

-Human Body
---Body Parts
Bones, Muscles, Joints
---Body Systems
Cardiovascular
Digestive
Immune
Respiratory
---Functions
Sleep
-Health Problems
---Infections, Diseases, Conditions
Asthma
Eating Disorders
Bird Flu
Obesity
---Drugs
Alcohol
Tobacco
-Personal Health- same topics as the K-2nd grade syllabus, geared to 3-5th graders.

Grades 6-8

-Human Body
---Body Parts
Mouth and Teeth
Skin
---Systems
Cardiovascular
Respiratory
---Body Functions
Sleep
Visions
-Health Problems
---Infections, Diseases, Conditions
Asthma
Bird Fu
Diabetes
Eating Disorders
HIV and AIDS
Obesity
Skin Cancer
---Emotional Health
Depression
Stress
Drugs
Alcohol
-Personal health
---Puberty and Growing Up
Conflict Resolution
Puberty
Self-Esteem
---Nutrition
Breakfast
Food Safety
School Lunch
---Fitness
Fitness
Sports Safety
---Hygiene
Germs

Grades 9-12

-Human Body
---Body Parts
Bones, Muscles, Joints
Mouth, Teeth
Skin
---Body Systems
Cardiovascular
Digestive
Respiratory
---Body Functions
Sleep
-Health Problems: Same topics covered as in 6-8th grade with different activities geared toward high school students.
-Personal Health: Same topics covered as in 6-8th grade with different activities geared toward high school students.
As you can see this is a very complete set of free printable lesson plans.