Although I homeschool Sophia and Olivia, this article was interesting because it provided insight into the type of food that children need to stay healthy. School lunch menus now will be including "a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options."
Broccoli tomato salad that I made.
(Taken on March 4, 2011.)
The new Department of Agriculture guidelines, which take effect this fall, are good ones to follow at home as well:
- set calorie and sodium limits
- offer dark green, orange, or red vegetables and legumes at least once a week
- offer one vegetable or fruit per meal
- ensure flavored milk is nonfat
- eliminate artificial, artery-clogging trans fats.
Thai peanut chicken that I made.
(Taken on May 19, 2010.)
Although this sounds good on paper, the challenge is getting children to eat healthier food after they are use to eating more processed and/or unhealthy food. The concern is that children will not try the new healthier food, and end up throwing it away.
Making rainbow parfaits with fruit on St. Patrick's Day.
(Taken on May 17, 2008.)
What surprised me was a school district in the Twin Cities has parent volunteers come into the elementary schools to be "food coaches." The volunteers distribute vegetables and fruits to the children as well as "demonstrate eating them. Food coaching may seem silly, but kids who have had chicken only as nuggets or patties may not know how to eat bone-in chicken and need to see how a grown-up eats it before trying it themselves."
Sophia making homemade applesauce.
(Taken on October 1, 2010.)
I think of all the different recipes we have tried throughout the past few years as we have explored different countries by doing an A to Z study of the world; and are now making recipes that represent each of the states in the U.S. as we are doing a multi-year geography study.
Sophia holding French green beans that she made
when she was learning about France.
(Taken on October 13, 2007.)
Olivia and Sophia learning how to make a strawberry smoothie.
(Taken on April 20, 2009.)
Olivia harvesting some rhubarb.
(Taken on June 8, 2009.)
Placing fruit and and other healthy food in colorful containers could be done as well at home - either on the counter and/or in the refrigerator.
This article was an interesting and timely one...especially as we start the new homeschool year.