Nutrition Day 5: Energy Foods

Energy Foods

Today we are learning about energy foods.  We did some science experiments today which J loved.


  • Striking a Healthy Balance by Kristin PetrieNutrition Study (17)_edited-1

that was chapter 2’s experiment and here is chapter 3’s experiment.Nutrition Study (27)_edited-1 Nutrition Study (23)_edited-1 Nutrition Study (24)_edited-1 Nutrition Study (25)_edited-1 Nutrition Study (26)_edited-1

Discuss: Our bodies are always using energy. When we breathe, when we grow, to keep us warm, when we play, when we work. Our bodies change and store the foods we eat into energy called fat. Energy foods have sugar and starch in them. Some good energy foods are chocolate milk, beans, apples, carrots, bananas, cereals, etc…

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What do energy foods contain?
  2. Which foods contain sugar?
  3. Which foods contain starch?

Sugar Foods

Discuss: All foods have some sugar in them. The kind our body needs is the natural sugar that grows in the food. We don’t need much of the added sugar that companies put in the food to make it taste better. Here are some common types of sugars; molasses, corn syrup, maltose, sucrose, fructose, corn sweetener, syrup, dextrose, glucose, lactose.


  • empty food containers with ingredient labelsNutrition Study (36)_edited-1


  1. Don’t look at the labels yet and try to divide the foods into groups that have more sugar and less sugar.Nutrition Study (37)_edited-1
  2. Look at the labels and see if you can recognize any of the sugars listed above in them. If they have more than one listed put it in a pile and if the have 1 or less put those in another pile.Nutrition Study (33)_edited-1 Nutrition Study (34)_edited-1 Nutrition Study (35)_edited-1
  3. Were you right on your predictions?

Starch Foods

Discuss: Our bodies need some starch foods for energy. Lets see if we can find any healthy options for starch foods to eat.


  • tincture of iodine
  • cup half full of water
  • cornstarch
  • slice of potato
  • piece of bread
  • other foods to try
  • pencil
  • paper


  1. Mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with the cup of water and tell the child that you are adding starch to the water.
  2. Add a few drops of iodine and notice the blueish blackish color. That color means that starch was in the water. (You can try to add it to another cup of water and see if it turns color).Nutrition Study (20)_edited-1
  3. Add a few drops to the potato and bread and notice which has starch in it. Nutrition Study (19)_edited-1
  4. Try other foods and make a list of the foods that do have starch in them.Nutrition Study (18)_edited-1

Food Magic Energize Your Brain

I found this Food Magic printable for J to review what foods are energizing us.Nutrition Study (22)_edited-1

Understanding Food Labels

We used page 27 in Building Reading Comprehension 3-4th grade.IMG_0349


Nutrition Unit Study

Day 1: Food Groups

Day 2: Milk & Water

Day 3: Healthy Meals

Day 4: Table Manners

Day 5: Energy Foods

Day 6: Protein Foods

Day 7: Vitamins & Minerals