FRESH FOOD EDUCATION
The Fresh Food Fairy encourages good nutrition by making fresh food fun. During 60 minute classroom presentations, the Fresh Food Fairy explains five reasons why fresh food is fun: Fresh food is colorful, has cool shapes and interesting textures, yummy flavors, and it helps us grow strong and smart.
The interactive, hands-on presentation involves crunching carrots as loud as possible, power crunching green beans, making veggie faces, sampling veggies and seasonal fruits, and discovering favorites!
Students learn that it may take our taste buds 20 tries to get used to a new food, so they should keep trying vegetables and fruit even if they think they don’t like them. After tasting everything, we look at MyPlate and find out that half of our plate at every meal should be vegetables and fruits!
The Fresh Food Fairy can work with teachers to incorporate appropriate age-level curriculum (like graphing in the picture to the right) into the presentation.
Whenever possible, the Fresh Food Fairy supports the local economy by purchasing seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers.
Fresh Food is Fun – Geared toward grades K-4
The Fresh Food is Fun presentation involves eating, touching, smelling and creating faces out of fresh veggies. The presentation discusses ‘eating a rainbow,’ and getting kids to notice how colorful and fun fresh food can be. Our goals for this presentation are to expose kids to different vegetables, to make sure kids can name common veggies and have exposure to less common ones, and finally to get kids excited about the variety of fresh food and all its possibilities.
Bike Blender – Geared toward grades 4-12
The Bike Blender presentation gives us the opportunity to discuss smoothie and slushie ingredients in relation to: food miles, the difference between organically food and conventional, Fair Trade, eating local and many other important topics concerning the amount of energy that goes into producing healthy food.
The Bike Blender itself is an orange retro exercise bike that has been modified into a mega-blending machine. It makes a perfect metaphor for discussing the amount of energy that goes into making food, growing food and transporting food. We invite members of the audience to hop aboard the Bike Blender and watch/work for their smoothie!
Super Greens – Geared toward grades 3-8
The overall goal of the Super Greens presentation is to get students to consider how food impacts the quality of their lives. We compare the color of at least 5 different dark green vegetables with the color of romaine and iceberg lettuce (all of which are healthy and full of vitamins, but of course, the darker greens have even more nutrients! We then learn how to make kale chips using a dehydrator that is left in the classroom overnight. We taste some kale chips (made in advance) and few other leafy greens (depending on availability) and discuss how the nutritional value of a vegetable can often be distinguished by its color.
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