Fun with nutrition

Test your nutrition knowledge with this fun crossword puzzle.

Exercise your brain by completeing the nutrition crossword puzzle.
Exercise your brain by completeing the nutrition crossword puzzle.

Need something fun to keep the kids busy, while learning at the same time? Here’s your chance. Challenge your child (and yourself!) with nutrition for the body and exercise for the brain. Enjoy this nutrition crossword puzzle from Michigan State University Extension. You can also download the puzzle as a PDF.



4. Make half your plate fruit and these…

6. Keep them lean

8. Make half your plate Whole…

9. Eating the good ones is a great energy source

11. Avoid preparing foods this way


1. Drink plenty, at least eight to 10 cups daily

2. Limit your intake; focusing on the good ones

3. Stay away from food with this type of sugar

5. Moderation of good nutrition combined with physical activity

7. Natures best desserts

10. A healthier way to prepare most meats



4. Vegetables

Provide nutrients that are vital for your health and to maintain your body.

6. Protein

Make sure your proteins are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

8. Grains

Grains are naturally high in dietary fiber, iron and many B Vitamins.

9. Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates provide fuel that energizes your body. Complex carbohydrates are the best kinds of carbohydrates.

11. Fried

Fried food adds calories and increases your risk for certain diseases, including high cholesterol and heart disease. It is best to broil, grill, roast, poach or boil meats and fish. Visit the Food & Health or Nutrition section of the MSU Extension website for ways to incorporate these food preparation methods into your meal schedule.


1. Water

Water is essential to vital functions in the body and brain.

2. Fats

Saturated fats, Trans fat and cholesterol tends to raise “bad” (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, which increases the risk of heart disease.

3. Refined

Refined sugars are sugars that are added during processing or preparation. These types of sugars add extra calories and put you at risk for certain diseases.

5. Balance

Balance your caloric intakes with good nutrition and physical activity.

7. Fruit

Fill half your plate fruits and vegetables.

10. Grilled

Is a good way to prepare your meat, fish and poultry to avoid added fat.

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