Supermarket Scavenger Hunt

The Supermarket Scavenger Hunt is a great way to engage younger athletes during a supermarket shopping educational tour. This exercise involves five tasks you can set for your tour participants as they explore around the supermarket. Please note, the products' weights are described in grams which you may need to convert to suit your audience. See also the Supermarket Shopping Tour: Healthy Lunch on a Budget Task.

Task 1: Breakfast Cereals

List the amount of fat, sugar and fiber per 100g for some breakfast cereals:

Cereal Name




What do you notice about the fat content of all the cereals?


Which would you rate as the best cereal?


And why?


Task 2: Cheese Fat

Hard cheeses generally have a fat content of 30 to 40 g per 100g.  Find some reduced-fat cheese blocks, and decipher the fat content in grams/100g (or %).

Reduced-Fat Cheese Brand

g fat/100g

e.g. Full fat cheese  


Task 3: Post-Training Meal

You have come home late at night after a training session, tired and hungry. 

You have to prepare an evening meal, but don't want anything that will take a long time or a lot of effort. You know take-outs are notoriously high in fat.  HOWEVER, there are lots of options in the supermarket for quick, convenient and healthy meals.  

Find 4 pasta or rice sauces of different flavors and list their fat and sugar content. (Aim to find sauces with less than 10% fat, and less than 10% sugar)


g fat/ 100g

g sugar/ 100g

e.g. tomato-based pasta sauce


Choose 3 different frozen meals that look appealing for post-training and compare their protein and carbohydrate content.

Meal type

g protein/ serve

g carbohydrate/ serve

Which option would you choose after a high aerobic session? Which would be nutritionally better after a gym workout? And why?





Task 4: Snacks

Nearly everybody snacks between meals. Snacking is a great option for around training times and during a tournament. Finding variety in snack choices can be difficult, especially if you're trying to keep your fat intake down. Naturally, fruit, low fat yogurts and milks, and bread are good options, but the following questions may highlight some other savory and sweet options.

Compare the fat content of the following sweet snack foods and biscuits/cookies. Broad types are given, but find specific examples of each to find the answers.

Brand name

g fat /100g

g fat /serve

Cereal or muesli bar

Sweet biscuits

Chocolate bars



Savory Crackers


Task 5: Light Foods

The use of 'light' on food labels can refer to a number of things. Light can be lower in calories, lower in fat than the original product, lower sodium, or even light in color in the case of olive oil. So it's easy to overlook the detail and be fooled by the marketing. Find some products that claim to be ‘light’ and work out what it is referring to?

Food item,  and the claim made

Why is it called light?

Nutrition data to back it up

e.g.  extra light olive oil

Because the color is light

Still full fat (~100%) food item


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