"I think the healthiest food is a humongous, homemade sandwich because it's healthy and delicious. Mostly because it's good." Grade 5.
The question ,"What do you think is the heathiest food", was asked to grade school children , Pre-K through 6th grade.
One wonders if it reflects what they eat or just think is healthy.
"I think chicken nuggets because you dip it into sweet and sour sauce." Pre-K.
"Cantaloupe" Grade 4.
"Broccoli, cabbage,veggies, fruit." Grade 3.
"Meat, it has lots of vitamins and oranges because they have vitamin C and that's good for you." Kindergarten
""Jelly beans, Every kid can last on jelly beans," Grade 3.
"Green food." Grade 3.
"I think it's broccoli." Grade 1.
" Vegetables are healthy because they give you strength." Kindergarten.
" I think the healthiest food is the one that tastes the worst. I'm not sure what it is because I haven't had all the foods there are. But I wish it was ice cream." Grade 4.
"I think the healthiest food is fatty bacon because it has protein." Grade 4.
"Pickles because they are juicy, green and healthy." Grade 4.
"Banana cake. Bananas are good and healthy." Grade 4.
"Spam and eggs. They keep my body ready for the next thing that happens in life." Grade 6.
The healthiest food is ribs." Kindergarten
"Grilled cheese sandwich." Grade 4.
"Vegetables are healthy because they give you strength." Kindergarten.
"I think the healthiest food to eat is bugs, but I would never eat them." Grade 4.
"Healthiest food is a salad." Grade 4.
"French fries and ketchup because you get two healthy vegetables in one." Grade 6.
"A salad or some Mexican food because it has many vitamins. Or a sandwich made with organic foods." Grade 5.
"Candy because I can run three miles." Grade 3.
" An apple, because an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Grade 4.
"Apples and fish." Grade 4.
"Fruit, vegetables, meat and V8." Grade 6
"Carrots are the healthiest food because they help your eyesight so you can see through walls." Grade 4.
" I think it's cucumbers with lime and salt because lime is a fruit and cucumber is a vegetable." Grade 5.
" Taco salad because it has meat, fruit and vegetables." Grade 4.
" The healthiest food to eat is everything from the food pyramid because no one food is healthy alone." Grade 6.
Some of the children mentioned strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries , rutabagas, and celery.
All in all they expressed what they felt was healthiest and most of them got it right. Even the ones who thought fatty bacon or fries and ketchup didn't have to be totally wrong,
A little bit of all food groups can be OK. Even the occasional piece of candy. The child who answered "candy" knew it gave him a boost of energy. Just didn't realize what happens when that boost wares out.
Hopefully getting the children talking and thinking about what are healthy foods will continue to motivate them into healthy choices.
Hope you enjoyed reading what's in the minds of young children,