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Benzie Central Middle School Taste Testing Successes

Caitlin Lorenc,   Benzie Central Middle School
Highlight Healthy Foods — Go Nutritious
Access to Healthy Foods,  Student Leadership
Benzie Central Middle School Taste Testing Successes
Using Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding, Benzie Central Middle School in northern Michigan has been actively involved in implementing school-wide taste tests. These recipes have been chosen by our student team in partnership with food service staff. One of our most successful taste tests was sampling two different types of hummus. It was a close call, but in the end Pizza Hummus won over Veggie Ranch Dip. Food service really got involved and helped to design a beautiful platter of fresh cut fruits and vegetables and as well as whole grain crackers. Our Fuel Up to Play 60 team really noticed a difference in interest from middle school students when they heard "pizza" and saw fresh cut produce! Involving students in the recipe selection, preparation, and serving ensures that these students will be more likely to sample new foods in the future and will encourage others to participate as well!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our team worked together to determine which food group to base the taste test on. Using successes from previous taste tests, they agreed on two different samples competing against each other to motivate students to try the foods. They worked together to research recipes. Everyone had a job to do from food preparation to taste test table set-up, which made us all feel part of the program!