Food Choices

How much you eat can affect your weight. If you have diabetes how much you eat could affect your blood glucose level. This is because weight gain can lead to higher blood glucose levels for those with diabetes. What is a serving size?

Making healthier food choices doesn't have to be so hard. You might choose water more often than pop or drinks with calories. You don't have to give up your favorite foods. Try sharing dessert or other higher calorie foods.

Making Dinner

Johnny and his older sister Elizabeth are at home thinking about what to eat for dinner. Their parents are not home, and Johnny would like to order a pizza with the money their parents left them. Instead, Elizabeth suggests going to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make a pizza. She explains to Johnny that making pizza at home is easy and would allow them to eat a variety of fresher food. When Johnny hears this, he agrees with sister that they should make pizza at home - but only if it is thick crust pizza!

Adding fresh toppings to a homemade pizza

Packing your Lunch

Sam is at Rebecca's house afterschool and they are talking about school lunches. Sam says he hates school lunches because they are greasy. Rebecca brings her own lunch to school and suggests that Sam bring his lunch too, but Sam says he doesn't have time to pack his lunch in the morning. Rebecca assures him that it is not that hard to pack your lunch once you get used to it, and shows him that she packs her lunch afterschool to get ready for the next day. Sam says that he will try to start packing his lunch the night before, and Rebecca reminds him that packing his own lunch is healthier and will make sure that he doesn't have to eat any more of those greasy school lunches.

Mother and daughter prepare packing lunch

Popcorn and Water

Cynthia is hanging out at her friend Laura's house on the weekend and tells Laura that she is starving! Laura says to Cynthia that she has potato chips and soda they can eat. In Health class, Cynthia learned that air-popped popcorn is a low-calorie alternative to potato chips and that drinking 8 glasses of water each day can make skin look prettier. Cynthia shares this information with Laura, and Laura gets excited about improving her skin and agrees that they can eat popcorn and water instead.

 

Group of girl friends enjoy popcorn