Meeting #30: Healthy Eating

We like to have the Guides cook a meal every year so we set about planning with them. We decided that a good place to start would be by having them learn a bit more about the food guide and eating habits. We split them in 3 groups and went at it round-robin style.

1. Food Group Matching Game

I made up food cards and had them sit in a circle around the cards all placed face down. Each girl got to flip 2 cards over. If they were from the same food group, she got to keep them. If not, the next girl got to try.

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2. Menu Analysis

I made up a story about a girl and what she ate over the course of the day. The girls had to fill out a table that showed how many portions she ate in each food group and then make some recommendations about how her menu could have been more balanced. You could also ask the girls to keep track of what they eat over the course of a day and do the same thing.

Here’s the story with the table filled in:

Suzie kept careful track of everything she ate all day and she would like your help to figure out if she has been properly following the food guide. Fill in the table and lets see what you think. How do you think she could change her diet?


  • Whole bagel with peanut butter
  • Glass of orange juice


  • Tuna sandwich
  • Chocolate pudding cup
  • Apple


  • Chunk of cheese
  • Orange
  • Chocolate Bar


  • Spaghetti with meatballs
  • Glass of milk
  • Asparagus
  • Ice cream
Breakfast Lunch Snack Supper Total Ideal Difference
Grain Products 2 2 1 5 6 Need 1 more
Fruit/Vegetables 1 1 1 2 5 6 Need 1 more
Meat and Alternatives 1 1 1 3 1-2 Could cut down on 1
Milk and Alternatives 1 1 1 3 3-4 Perfect

3. Allergies and Food Choices

We have quite a few girls with allergies in the unit, so we thought it might be fun to talk about what an allergy is, how it differs from an intolerance or a dislike and how an epipen works. The girls had lots of stories to tell about people they knew with different allergies. We also briefly discussed vegetarian and vegan diets.

After the round robin sessions, we came back together as a unit and planned an appetizer, main dish and dessert for next week.

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