For this unit you will have a multi- part project. There will be 3 parts to it. The first part will be the Food
log, the second will be your favorite recipe, next will be a food label, and the final part will be a cooking
show. You may turn this in the format of your choice (website, paper, google docs).
For this part, you will monitor what you are eating for 5 consecutive days, how much you are eating, and
the nutrients that the food contains. Make sure that you are familiar with reading a food label. Don’t
alter what you are eating during this time! You will not be sharing this with the class. Make sure that
you completely fill in the information. If you are unsure of the nutrition content, check the internet.
Don’t forget to cite your resources. All restaurants and fast food places are required to have nutrition
guides to their food. Make sure that you add in the nutrient values for ketchup, mayo, mustard,
seasonings, salad dressing, etc., etc., etc. Check the serving size and make sure that you adjust
accordingly (EX: if you eat 2 serving sizes, multiply everything by 2). Thoroughly answer the questions
that go along with this portion of the project.
Food Diary Analysis and Reflection
Individually and completely answer these questions about your diet. Recommended nutritional values
are set by USDA and FDA. Make sure that you reference this information and cite it in your bibliography.
1.How would you rate your own diet? Explain.
2.How does your diet compare to the recommended nutritional standards? Make sure that you
specifically compare your numbers to their - include daily recommended amounts and compare them to
3.What changes can you make to your diet to better meet the recommended nutritional standards? Be
4.Supposed you could change the way the nation’s cafeteria works, what would you do? Be specific.
5.Do you feel that you altered your diet during the 3 days that you kept your food journal (you will not
have points deducted if you did)? Explain.
What food item do you eat the most?
1. For this part of the project, you will:
◦select that item and take a clear picture of the food label, neatly cut the food label out, and scan it
◦find the food label on line
2. Place this label on this page and list the following information next to or around the food label:
◦food item (Name and brand)
◦serving size (grams, ml, etc.)
◦how many servings are in one container/package
◦calories, grams of fat, milligrams of sodium, total carbohydrates, and grams of protein
◦justify whether you believe that this product is healthy or not.
■If you don’t believe that this item is really healthy, what could be improved (nutrition wise) to make it
■Explain you’re rational and have research data and information to back up your claim (look at the
national standards used to determine what is considered healthy/not healthy).
Your favorite recipe:
Think about your favorite home cooked meal (not a snack). Maybe it is a casserole, a stew, a soup, etc.
In this section, you are to get the recipe and determine the nutritional content of the meal.
Through research, determine how you can make this food healthier in numerous ways – lower calorie
count, lower fat, higher protein, lower carbs, more whole wheat grains, more fiber, higher vitamin
content, etc. Make sure that you include all spices that are added to the dish and calculate those into
the final nutritional count.
You will provide the original recipe and all the details and then provide the new recipe on how to make