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Go Glow Grow Essay

Go Glow Grow is a nutrition curriculum developed for preschool children. In conjunction with the book Go Glow Grow: Foods for You, children learn about healthy eating, exercising and the importance of hand washing. Using a simplified version of MyPlate, children learn the connection between healthy foods and what they do for the body. •Grains are Go foods, they help you run, jump and play all day. •Fruits and vegetables are Glow foods; they help you have shiny hair and sparkly eyes. •Milk and meat & beans are Grow foods, they help you to grow big and strong.

Each lesson includes teacher background information, two activities, snack recipes, and review questions. There is also a take home letter telling parents what their child learned along with an activity and snack recipe to make at home. Glow Foods

Apple- Vitamin C
Grapes- A, C, B6, Antioxidant
Chico-Vitamins, Minerals
Pechay- Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Phosphorus
Monggo- Protein and Dietary Fiber
Malunggay- Iron, Vitamin B, Calcium, Vitamin A
Potato- Carbohydrates, Vitamin C, Iron, Fiber Vitamin B-6
Squash- Beta-carotene, Vitamin A and C, magnesium, fiber, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium and Vitamin B6

Grow Foods

Fish- Protein, Zinc, Calcium
Chicken- Zinc, Protein, Iron, Vitamins, Minerals

1. Go: Carbohydrates

Foods rich in carbohydrates, or “Go” foods, provide healthy energy. “Go” foods include bread, cereals, pasta, potatoes and rice. Carbohydrate-containing foods are often high in B vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients, and are a vital source of energy for the brain. An athlete might eat a plate of pasta before a competition to provide her with the energy to compete at her best. According to the Food Pyramid, developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a healthy diet includes six to eleven servings of breads/grains per day.

2. Grow: Proteins

Foods rich in proteins, or “Grow” foods, are foods essential for growth and healthy body development. These include milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, fish, nuts, beans and avocados. Proteins strengthen the bones and build healthy muscles. “Grow” foods keep the heart strong, and help repair and fortify body tissues. Protein foods are often rich in vitamins and minerals. For instance, salmon is high in calcium, magnesium, Vitamins D and E, and Omega-3 fatty acids. The USDA Food Pyramid recommends two to three servings of dairy foods, and 2-3 servings of non-dairy proteins per day.

3. Glow: Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables, or “Glow” foods, enhance the glow of skin and hair. Glow foods such as spinach, broccoli, oranges and plums are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Soluble fiber such as prebiotics help nourish the friendly bacteria (probiotics) in the intestines to encourage healthy digestion. “Glow” foods are also rich in valuable antioxidants. Antioxidants include vitamins E, A and C, and minerals such as selenium. These help fight cell damage to keep the immune system healthy.

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