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Healthy Pizza Challenge

Lisa Freese,   C G Sivells El
Highlight Healthy Foods — Go Nutritious
Healthy Pizza Challenge
The Fuel Up to Play 60 Team was given the Mini-Challenge to write a healthy pizza recipe. The students turned in some awesome recipes! We met with our Food Services and she went over with the students what makes the recipe healthy and whether or not they would meet the smart snack standards. She went over the different types of crust, sauces, cheeses, toppings, etc… We had one student that went the extra mile. He and his mother baked their pizza. His pizza had cauliflower crust, sugar free sauce, non-fat mozzarella cheese, baked chicken, spinach, and mushrooms. His mom sliced the pizza in small slices so that each team member could have a piece. The team loved the pizza! The team really liked this mini-challenge and are ready to complete more of them. 

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The food services director talked with the students about what ingredients would make a pizza healthy as well as portion size.

How did you accomplish your goals?

The FUTP 60 school team worked together with the food services department to have healthier food choices for the students. One of the things our school has started is a snack in the afternoon. Every child in our school gets a healthy school snack.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Challenges are timing and money. Finding the time to let the team work with food services and time to spread the news to other students is an issue with the lower elementary. We are working diligently on having our team encourage students to try healthier foods. Money is always a challenge. Our district is a title 1 district so we have free breakfast and lunch. The team works hard to encourage students to get a tray and drink the milk and eat the healthy foods that are offered.