Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 60 - Food and Fitness Fun

As part of our initiative to increase health and fitness among our students, especially in the older grades, Peg organized a Food and Fitness Club 4 years ago. They meet after school once a week for a 6 week period. Each week they have a theme like quick breads, soups, salads, pasta, etc. The students are placed into 3 groups and each group works on a different recipe. Once the slicing, dicing, mixing and cooking is done the students help do the dishes and then they go and play in the gym. At the end they return to the kitchen and each student is given a portion of the three recipes. They taste all three and give their opinions. Students then take their three full containers home to share with their families. It's a great project and it's free!
This year, they added a special event at the end of their 6 week session. Students prepared a meal and invited a guest for supper. One of my students was kind enough to invite me. Not only did the students prepare the meal but they served us. We started the meal with a delicious Spinach Salad with strawberries, grated carrot and a citrus dressing. It was served in baked tortilla shells which the kids thought were really fancy. Then we moved on to some yummy chili. We finished off with chocolate cups filled with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with raspberry coulis. The food was great and the company even better.

6 comments:

Sandra V. said...

Looks delicious! A great idea for a club!

Misty said...

What a terrific idea. The food sounds delish and your pictures is so pretty and colorful!

tchesney said...

What a cool program, that is one thing that is lacking for the kids, knowing how to eat healthy! I can't believe they made such a beautiful dish...it is almost too pretty to eat!

susanvg said...

Looks very tempting. Great food shot.

gerberbaby1 said...

This is really looking appealing right now...strawberries! What a great way to interest kids in kitchen adventures..a lifelong activity that'll prove so nice when they are on their own. How old are these students?

Julie McLeod said...

I helped out with a healthy snacking initiative in my kids' elementary school a few years back. It was not so cleverly planned, though, because the kids didn't take part in the preparation. They just got to sample what the volunteer parents made up.

This salad looks delicious -- you do a great job photographing food to its full advantage.