I have the distinct privilege of leading and organizing an after-school club at a nearby charter school. Tasty Kids Nutrition Club started this month, and it’s been a TON of fun! I hope to keep you updated here as to what we’ve been up to!
First meeting we focused on the USDA My Plate way of planning a meal. The kids sorted some food picture cards into food groups, and made up pretend meals. Or, they tried to figure out what food groups were included in their dinners the night before.
At the Chef’s Station, we made some delicious (and messy!) granola bars! Kids learned about measuring ingredients, using food-handlers gloves (although they were too big for most of those little hands!), and following a recipe. Our almond butter oatmeal granola bars were a big hit & each student took home a big square.
Second Meeting we celebrated Build-A-Better-Breakfast Month with Waffle Nutella Fruit Pizzas and Peanut Butter Banana Sushi. Creative and excited minds were hard at work! Check out their gorgeous treats! Some kids tried whole wheat waffles or nutella for the first time. I loved introducing them to some new foods!
Third Meeting introduced the vegetable food group, with the intent of encouraging the students to eat more of them every day! We did some word searches targeting GREEN vegetables and PURPLE vegetables, including some they’d never heard of before. At the “Unusual Veggies” table, an assortment of less common vegetables awaited them. They could smell, touch, cut into, and taste these new foods. Do you know what all of these foods are?
At the Chef’s Station, we created some veggie snacks. The kids named them “Rainbow Wraps” and “Veggie Sushi.” Proudest moments were when two kiddos tasted and LOVED red bell pepper, while two others were converted to enjoy sugar snap peas! Success!
Here are the resources used:
- USDA Kids Choose My Plate
- Dairy Council of California
- No Bake Homemade Granola Bars
- Zucchini Veggie Wraps
- Waffle Breakfast Pizzas
- Nourish Interactive Word Searches