Second-graders pick ?anytime? foods

The five food groups in correct portions are necessary for healthy nutrition. But all foods can also be labeled as ?sometime? or ?anytime? foods. The second-graders at Mid-Prairie East spent time Tuesday, Nov. 7, organizing and identifying foods into these two categories through the Pick a Better Snack program offered by Washington County Extension.

?Anytime? foods can be eaten anytime because of their healthy nutrients. Those foods mostly include fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. ?Sometime? foods are high in sugar, salt, calories and use lots of oil or grease. These foods should be saved for sometimes or special occasions but not for routine meals or snacks.

Pick a Better Snack program is designed to motivate children to eat more fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks and to be more physically active. Each week Amy Green, 4-H/youth coordinator, visits classrooms to talk about healthy snacks, making healthy choices and they always get to sample a particular fruit or vegetable of the day.

The Pick a Better Snack program is funded at Mid-Prairie East Elementary through the Mid-Prairie Boosters. If you have any questions about the Pick a Better Snack program or would like to volunteer, please call the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.