Tasty Kids Nutrition Club Updates

I’m so far behind!

Here’s what we’ve been up to from January & February!  These kids are super smart, fun, creative and delightful.  I love spending Wednesday afternoons with them!

January –

Veggie Buddah Bowls Give these kiddos some ingredients and they create the most nutritious and eye-appealing dishes!  Carrots, quinoa, pinto beans, broccoli, celery, broccoli, and radishes were designed in amazing ways!  We talked about the food groups represented in their bowls and topped them with homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing.

February –

Sweet Potato Rosemary Fritters – Measuring, mixing, food processing, chopping and cooking on a griddle were all included in this week’s recipe.  Sweet potatoes rich in vitamin A and fiber were complimented by fresh chopped rosemary in these tasty treats.  Kids tried and enjoyed some new flavors and scents, too!

Red Fruit SmoothiesIn preparation for Valentine’s Day, we made smoothies with frozen cherries and strawberries, fresh spinach, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ground flaxseed.  These were huge hits!

Strawberry Breakfast Creations – Keeping with the red-valentine theme, and taking advantage of a killer strawberry sale, the kids made breakfasts.  Giving them some confidence in making their own breakfast at home, they combined peanut butter, whole wheat frozen waffles and strawberries.  Their creations were incredible!

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Stay tuned for more Tasty Kids Nutrition Club!

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December, November, October, September

Tasty Kids Free Printable!

So, I’ve been running a super fun after-school club for elementary aged kids teaching about food, healthy eating and nutrition topics!  It’s been a blast!!

Lots of parents have asked me to provide some of the recipes we’ve used in class.  I’ve decided to provide a brief glimpse into some successful projects we worked on last semester.

Your free printable is here!  Four recipes with ingredients, ideas for what the kids can help with, and talking points to chat about.

I hope you can use this in your local schools to spread the word about healthy eating with the next generation!

Cheers, Jenn

CLICK HERE FOR FREE PRINTABLE

Tasty Kids Nutrition Club – December Update

Yep, I’m a little behind on the updates!  In December, this delightful group of kiddos celebrated the holiday season with a lot of excitement!

On the first week, the kids made healthy red and green foods to focus on the holiday colors.  We used a fun spiralizer to create zucchini noodles, or ZOODLES, and tossed them with fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and Italian dressing for our own version of Caprese Salads.  The zoodles were a huge hit!

During the second club meeting, we continued with the Red and Green theme…. Red and green bell peppers rolled into herb cream cheese pinwheels were super tasty!  Watermelon, green grapes, cucumbers, and fresh mint salad topped off the afternoon.  I’m always thrilled when a child declares, “wow, this is yummy!” about a food they’d never encountered or tasted before!

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For our final meeting of 2016, the kids created gifts for their parents.  We made a Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix, which helped them practice their measuring skills!

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If you haven’t read the updates from SeptemberOctober, and November, be sure to check them out!

If you’re interested in bringing Tasty Kids Nutrition Club to your school, contact me!

Tasty Kids Nutrition Club – November Update

I think this extracurricular club may be one of my favorite professional gigs ever!  These kiddos are so enthusiastic and fun!  They are willing to try new foods each week.  I’m greeted with hugs and “what are we doing today?!” every time I see them.  It’s a true delight!!

We celebrated fall this month in full force!  During week 1, we learned about Fiber in apples, tasted apples in a variety of ways – fresh, dried, apple sauce, and juice – and we made beautiful apple nachos!  What are apple nachos?  They are spiralized Granny Smith apples topped with pumpkin seeds, oats, craisins, and soy nuts….then drizzled with caramel sauce!  YUM!

The kids’ creations were amazing!

 

During week 2, we learned about orange foods that contain Vitamin A and how this nutrient helps our eyes, skin and immune system.  We made Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites (Delish!) and tasted other Vitamin A-rich foods like carrots, dried apricots, sweet potatoes and kale.

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In week 3, right before Thanksgiving, we made mini pumpkin cheesecakes in a cup.  The kids loved them!  The healthier ingredients included pumpkin yogurt and light cream cheese, piled on top of vanilla wafers and topped with pecans.  Gratefulness for all we have been given was one of our main topics of conversation while prepping our treats.

 

If you haven’t read the updates from September and October, be sure to check them out!

If you’re interested in bringing Tasty Kids Nutrition Club to your school, contact me!