It is that time again. The kids are all back in school and Callahan Community Center is swarming with energized children. As parents and many adults in Orlando strive to reach their health goals this year, we are encouraging children to make healthier choices too.
GROSS, our 5-week nutrition education program, promotes fruit and veggie consumption by teaching children how to prepare them in delicious ways. This time we got the 3rd graders involved.
Week one included the white/tan/brown fruit and vegetable color family. Interestingly enough, these 3rd graders were much “tougher” than the 2nd graders. Every single one of them seemed to raise their hand when asked if they like fruits and vegetables.
However, when it came time to actually eat them, some of their faces told another story. By the end of class, I can say everyone did have a smile on their face … including their bananas.
This was a hit:
• Popsicle stick
• Banana, cut in half with skin still on
• Creamy peanut butter (We used natural version.)
• Topping of your choice: crushed cereal, granola, graham cracker crumbs, crushed nuts, dried fruit, etc. (We used fruity cheerios.)
1. Take each banana half and stick a popsicle stick carefully into each half (so it looks like a popsicle). Then remove skin. Place in freezer until frozen or at least firm.
2. When firm/frozen, coat banana with peanut butter and dip into topping.
Adapted from: http://www.easy-banana-recipes.com/
Maria Ali, RD, LD/N