Free Printable: Name the Food Group!

Updated: Sep 5

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The Importance of a Balanced Diet

One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure they are eating a balanced diet. This means incorporating a variety of foods from all food groups into their meals, including fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and dairy or dairy alternatives. While not technically food groups, I like to include healthy fats and fun foods (sweets and treats) into food groups because we need to eat them, too! A well-balanced diet provides the nutrients your child needs to grow and thrive. It can also help grow well, stay energized, have a healthier immune system, and avoid diseases down the road.

This week’s Free Printable will introduce you and your child to the food groups just in time for back-to-school lunch packing! This fun activity sheet will help you and your child:

  • Name 5 different food groups

  • Identify which food group a specific food belongs to

  • Visualize that snacks are part of a healthy, balanced diet

What You Need:

  • Name the Food Group! activity sheet and notes sheet (for the answers)

  • Pencil, pen, crayon, or marker

What You Do:

  1. On the activity sheet, look at the food items listed below from A to F.

  2. Work individually or as a small group to determine: which food group does each of them belong?

  3. Write the matching letter in the blank circle of its corresponding food group.

Download the Handout: Find the Food Groups! Just click this file link:

Find the Food Group
Download PDF • 3.46MB

For more information on a well-balanced diet, see my blog post and download a free Guide to Kids Portion Sizes!

Please feel welcome to share what your child has done!

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I look forward to seeing what you share and, as always, welcome your feedback!


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Hi! I’m Beth Conlon, PhD, MS, RDN

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a PhD in Clinical Investigation, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Mom of 3 little ones. As a pediatric and family dietitian, I use a gentle approach to help children, adolescents, and adults overcome feeding disorders, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Through individualized care, I help clients optimize their health and improve mealtime enjoyment, while healing their relationship with food and body. Get in touch! Contact | Welcome to FTSN!

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