Good Nutrition For a Healthier You

That wascally wabbit was a smart guy. Carrots, along with other orange and green fruits and vegetables, are good for the eyes! They're packed with vitamin A. People who don't get enough of this vitamin can develop severe vision problems, but a rabbit or a person who gets plenty of vitamin A will know that she's doing all she can to make her vision healthy.

Ever notice that some foods have extra vitamins added? The milk that is sold at most grocery stores has vitamin D added to it because it helps the calcium in milk make bones strong. Nuts and whole grains, like whole wheat bread, are good sources of vitamin E, a cancer fighter that also works against heart disease.

Even fat has a good side. Essential fatty acids must come from foods; the body can't create them from scratch. These good fats, such as those found in seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils, help with vision, immunity to disease, and clear skin. Avoid too many saturated fats, though. These saturated fats are solid at room temperature and are found in foods such as butter, cheese, fatty meats, and chocolate. Over time, these fats can cause a buildup of cholesterol and stored fat that may lead to heart disease and weight problems later on.

The everyday choices of the foods we eat make a big impact on how well our bodies work. Get the most out of your nutrition by discovering foods that are both delicious and healthy. Read more about good nutrition online and in the library. You can use your CRRL library card to reserve any book you see listed. Just click on the book's title to go to the catalog and request that the book be held for you at a local branch.

In the Library

The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day by Loreen Leedy.
Let's eat! Come into The Edible Pyramid, a restaurant that serves all kinds of delicious and nutritious meals. Loreen Leedy uses the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid to show the healthful way to eat. Customers learn how many servings from the different food groups to have every day. They see lots of mouth-watering examples, from pasta and grains to fruits and vegetables. Nutrition has never been this much fun!

The Food We Eat by Bobbie Kalman and Susan Hughes.
A basic book that explains food groups and how our bodies use nutrients.

Foodworks: Over 100 Science Activities and Fascinating Facts That Explore the Magic of Food from the Ontario Science Centre.
The science of the stomach! What makes up the food we eat, and what does it do once it gets into your body? Lots of fun activities show how our food choices can help us or harm us.

The Healthy Body Cookbook: Over 50 Fun Activities and Delicious Recipes for Kids by Joan D'Amico and Karen Eich Drummond.
Different parts of the body need different nutrients to keep them healthy! Includes recipes that contain nutrients important for the heart, muscles, teeth, skin, nerves, and other parts of the body.

Kitchen Fun for Kids: Healthy Recipes and Nutrition Facts For 7- to 12-year-old Cooks by Michael F. Jacobson and Laura Hill.
Recipes for sixty nutritional meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each recipe presents one or two nutritional facts through the illustrations.

Nutrition: What's in the Food We Eat by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.
An introduction to the science of nutrition discusses the role of diet in promoting health; the importance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients; the basic components of food; and the principles of proper nutrition.

On the Web

Kids World: Nutrition
Learn more about healthy eating, the food groups, food safety, and what's on a nutritional label. Play around with their online coloring books on the food pyramid, plant nutrition, agriculture, and the food groups.

Nutrition from The New Book of Popular Science online via An overview of the roles nutrients play in the body's systems. Nutrition Explorations
Lots of fun games here! Throw healthy foods from the conveyer belt to feed Mungo the Monster, be a Breakfast Detective, and make a virtual milk shake, all the while learning about ways to eat healthier.