Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Questions of the Day

healthyfood_640March is Nutrition Month. This year, celebrate by starting each school day with a nutrition question. Display one of the questions below for students and invite them to write their names and answers on a strip of paper and place it in a jar. Pull out a strip randomly, and if it has the correct answer the student gets a healthy prize! Or use these questions are part of a review at the end of the month. Feel free to revise the questions so they are appropriate for your students.

Top off your Nutrition Month celebration with a field trip! Field Trip Factory partners with grocers all over the United States and Canada to offer free nutrition-based experiences. Check out our website to find a location near you. Happy Nutrition Month!

Here are 22 nutrition questions to ask students or create your own.

  1. What are the five food groups?
  2. What nutrient is found in whole fruits that is not commonly found in fruit juices?
  3. What word should you look for on the ingredients list when buying bread?
  4. Which of the following is a refined grain: popcorn, white rice, quinoa, oatmeal?
  5. Any food made from milk is part of the Dairy food group: true or false?
  6. At each meal, about how much of your plate should be fruits and vegetables?
  7. Peanut butter is a vegetarian choice in which food group?
  8. What foods are part of both the Protein group and the Vegetable group?
  9. When choosing meats it is important to make low-fat or high-fat choices?
  10. Which food is not part of the Protein group: eggs, nuts, fish, bread?
  11. Eating a slice of bread, a cup or rice, and a bagel makes up a balanced meal: true or false?
  12. To get all of the nutrients your body needs, you should eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups: true or false?
  13. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are good foods for which part of your body?
  14. Which food is not a fruit: bananas, oranges, peas?
  15. Which is not listed on a Nutrition Facts label for a food item: the amount of sodium, the amount of cholesterol, the amount of you should eat?
  16. Spinach or kiwi is part of the Vegetables group?
  17. A vegetarian would eat beans or chicken?
  18. Cream cheese or yogurt is part of the Dairy group?
  19. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are a good source of which vitamin?
  20. How many of the total grains you eat each day should be whole grains?
  21. The recommended amount of food someone should eat depends on his or her weight, age, gender, and how active he or she is: true or false?
  22. Raisins or beets are part of the Fruit group?


  1. Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, protein
  2. Fiber
  3. Whole
  4. White rice
  5. False: items such as sour cream or butter are made from milk but have little or no calcium and therefore are not part of the Dairy group
  6. Half of the plate
  7. Protein group
  8. Beans and peas
  9. Low-fat choices
  10. Bread
  11. False: a balanced meal is made up of foods from many different food groups, not just from the Grain group
  12. True
  13. Bones and teeth: Dairy foods are rich in calcium which support strong bones and teeth
  14. Peas
  15. The amount you should eat is not on the Nutrition Facts label.
  16. Spinach
  17. Beans
  18. Yogurt: cream cheese is made from cheese but it is not part of the Dairy group because it has little or no calcium
  19. Vitamin C
  20. Half of the total grains you eat should be whole grains
  21. True
  22. Raisins

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