Foods that require a fork (or spoon) to eat are usually chock-full of nutrients. This idea is beautifully illustrated in our new Lead With Your Fork poster.
Your students or clients will love this light-hearted take on the MyPlate concept that uses colorful photos of real food arranged in the shape of a person/plate, with a fork at the ready for some healthy eating.
Leading with your fork is catchy phrase that might just make people stop and think before they eat. Here are some talking points to go with this concept:
- Foods that you can eat out of a bag with your hands (think chips, fast food) usually provide lots of calories but not much in terms of nutrients.
- Foods that you usually need a fork or spoon to eat (think salads, soups, vegetables, and lean protein) are usually nutrient-dense, healthier choices.
- Leading with your fork rules out eating while driving!
- Leading with your fork means eating mindfully — sitting down, putting the food on a plate, taking small bites, putting your fork down between bites, chewing slowly, taking time to taste the food.
- There are exceptions to every rule, and leading with your fork is no different. Yes, raw baby carrots are healthy and no, you usually don’t eat those with a fork. Same with an apple and other foods. But in general, the rule works.
- The next time you eat, ask yourself, could I eat this with a fork? If not, stop and think about whether it’s a healthy choice. Try it and report back!
Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD
Nutrition is a serious topic, but sometimes a little humor can help you get your point across. The Nutrition Education Store has lots of fun posters that convey important information in a lighthearted way.
One example is the See-Food Diet/Don’t Get Hooked poster.
The subject of this poster is a beautiful fish (made up of fruits and vegetables of course!) swimming along in the sea. The fish is tempted by hook after hook baited with not-so-healthy food choices like soda, chili dogs, cake, and candy. But if the fish looks down just a little, it sees a treasure chest spilling over with healthier food choices.
The message? Don’t eat everything you see. Don’t get hooked!
Here are some talking points to go along with this colorful and fun poster:
- Ask some questions about what’s going on in the illustration…
- Who is fishing? (food companies)
- Who is the fish? (consumers)
- What hooks catch your attention in real life? (billboards, ads, supermarket displays)
- Talk about how mindful eating can help you ignore the hooks. Ask yourself…
- Am I really hungry?
- Do I want to eat because I just saw a fast food billboard?
- Discuss the fact that hooks with unhealthy choices are always within reach.
- When you bite once, another will appear.
- It’s a cycle that’s hard to stop once you start.
- Emphasize that you have to bait your own hooks!
- There is a treasure trove of tasty, healthy foods, but they probably aren’t dangling on a hook right in front of your eyes.
- Put healthy choices where you’ll see them – whether that’s at eye level in the refrigerator or in a fruit bowl on the table.
By Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD
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