The Future is Bright
|May 5, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Cooking, Healthy Eating, Kids, Nutrition, Produce, Recipes|
One of the best parts of my job has to be when I get to work with children. The Xtreme Cuisine program is an amazing opportunity for kids of all ages to learn not just about Florida agriculture, but how to make their own healthy snacks. I have found that when children can directly participate in the preparation of recipes, they have no problem enjoying healthy foods.
It is an important life skill that everyone needs to know. Food plays an enormous role in our lives, throughout our life cycle we make food choices that directly affect our health. With so much over processed food being marketed, it is entirely necessary to educate everyone about healthy eating.
In the two hour class we make four recipes that are simple, fresh, fun and healthy. We usually start with making our own fresh juice from carrots, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew and cucumber. Then we make a chicken and yogurt salad that get served inside hollowed out cucumber cups. After that we move on to fresh fruit smoothies made with vanilla yogurt, natural sugar and low fat milk. The children get to decide what fruit and flavor combination they want in their smoothies. Lastly we all make a fresh sweet corn relish that includes tomatoes, onions, lime and cilantro.
After each recipe the children get to play educational games and activities that teach them about the different areas of Florida that are growing or harvesting food and what time of year they are available. All in all it is a unique experience that I wish I could share with every child in Florida. Here are some of the pictures of the class to prove that fruits and veggies are fun!