One day in March, I was bringing my older son home from school. We were sitting next to each other in his favorite seat on a NYC bus. What happened next is an embarrassing truth, but yet one that I am proud of. I asked him if his school was doing anything for National Nutrition Month. He said he didn't think so and can I come to his classroom and teach them how to make kale chips? With an invitation like that, how could I refuse? The teachers were excited too. Here are some picture from our adventure. It is so easy, you certainly do not have to be a nutritionist to make kale chips with your child's class. Take a look:
(Below the pictures, I also linked to some articles I find helpful with larger school food issues, i.e. the lunchroom)
|Each nursery child received one stalk of Kale|
|Their job was to remove the leaves from the stalk|
|Then we let them gobble it up|
|And gobble they did!|
|I almost missed snapping a picture, they went so fast!|
|And no, that is not my son's hand:) |
If you are interested in getting involved in your child's school food matters, you have two options:
1. Teach the children and teachers by coming in and reading healthy kids books, or cook with the children.
2. Trying to change the food they serve in the lunchroom.
Doing #1 will complement #2.
Here are some school food links to get you started:
And the post that inspired me to cook in my son's classroom: