After a quick lesson, introducing the vitamins and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, the tasting session began!
The fare was far from exotic, featuring sample-size pieces of navel orange, carrot, celery, green bell pepper, cucumber, blueberries, broccoli, and mango. Nevertheless, some students were not willing to try all of the fruits and vegetables.
We like to encourage our students to try new foods, even though they may be leery of them. Some kids start out with trepidation...
...only to find there was never any reason to fear! We like to acquaint our students with a diversity of fresh foods because in variety there is nutrition and health.
The food science lesson closed with a discussion about the best and most nutritious sources of fruits and vegetables. The kids learned to choose fresh or frozen produce over canned, when possible.
The final point introduced to idea of "eating the rainbow", a popular dietary guideline based on the color of produce and the related antioxidants and nutrients that different-colored foods can offer.
|Pictured: the Brashear Kids' favorite fast food|