We started a Good Health Club this year for my 4th and 5th graders. Every week, we talk about healthy choices that we made at school and how we can encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle. I have started bring them healthy snacks to try with food that they probably haven't had a lot of before. One week I baked spinach muffins. To my surprise, the kids loved them, in spite of their bright green color! They said they tasted like funnel cake (sweetened with apple sauce). We have also tried protein balls with ingredients such as peanut butter, oats, chia and flax seeds. The kids loved them so much, they have asked for recipes so they can make them at home. The majority of my students never get the opportunity to try these types of foods because their parents don't have them. Allowing them to try them here with me at school has grown their curiosity about other healthy foods and how they can incorporate them into their everyday diet.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
I was worried that the kids would not be interested in trying new foods. After telling them the nutritional benefits, they were interested and liked the food!
How did you accomplish your goals?
I looked for some kid-friendly healthy foods and made them for my students. Because of their interest, I believe I succeeded in my goal.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
I want to ask my students to come up with healthy snacks and try them at home with their families.
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