THE GARDEN BUZZ
Are you looking for a fun engaging way to teach your kids or students about nutrition? Try out the Power Plate Lesson! Students learn to categorize foods into five food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy proteins, and healthy fats, plus water. Lesson adapted from Life Lab!
-Printer and paper to print out worksheets. Print pages 15-16, 25-29 from here: digs_lesson-recipe_book.pdf
-Markers or crayons
- The book My Plate and You
- Crackers, hummus, cream cheese and cut up fruit and veggies.
- (Optional) My Plate Felt Board
Actions for Power Plate:
• Read My Plate and You by G. Olson.
• Show students the Power Plate. Each of the food groups on the Power Plate does something important to support our health.
Whole grains are GO foods and provide a good source of calories for energy to move and be active.
Healthy proteins such as fish chicken, beans and nuts are GROW foods that build our muscles and bones and provide calories that give us energy to grow and move.
Fruits and vegetables are GLOW foods and provide us with high doses of essential antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber that protect us from disease, help with digestion, and keep us glowing in health.
Healthy fats are GO, GROW, GLOW foods that come from plant and fish sources such as the oils from olives, nuts, seeds and fish. Fats are the highest calorie food and provide us with sustained energy. They also build our brains to keep us smart.
• Using My Plate felt board, hand out felt picture to students and have them place on the felt board in the correct section.
• Or use the Food Cards and have kids get together in small groups to sort the foods in the correct food group.
• Hand out a blank Power Plate activity sheet. Have students draw and write the name of their favorite foods in each section of the Power Plate. Hand out the Food Cards to help students spell the name of the foods. First and second grade students can do one section each day, doing all three can be too much for them. Older students can fill out all sections in one lesson.
• Make a Power Snack by incorporating food from each of the groups. Make it food art! Have children look at each others creations and then eat and enjoy!
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There's nothing like a hearty vegetable winter soup. It's a great way to get children to eat their colors with vegetables from your garden or local grocery store.
Ingredients You'll Need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 bunch Swiss chard, cut into one-inch pieces
1 cup red or green cabbage
1 28 ounces fresh or canned San Marzano diced tomatoes
1 19 ounce white beans, drained of liquid
1 32 ounces vegetable broth
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves chopped
6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves only chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Directions: Place a 3-quart pot over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the mirepoix mixture (onion, celery, carrot) the red pepper flake, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs. Saute until onions begin to look somewhat translucent. Add the white beans, San Marzano tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and add cauliflower, Swiss chard, oregano, parsley, garlic, and salt. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Serve!
DIGS taught Mira Vista students how to grow Wheatheads at their homes! This easy activity teaches kids about home gardening in a fun and engaging way. Children express their emotions by drawing different facial expressions on paper and attaching it to the outside of the Wheathead container. When the grass has grown long, the children give the Wheathead a “haircut” and trim the wheat grass to put it in smoothies or salads for added nutrition! See the instructions below, courtesy of Life Lab, and some pictures from our DIGS lessons!
The "three sisters" are corn, beans, and squash (like zucchini). Native Americans planted them together in the garden because they help each other grow. The "three sisters" also work together to make a nutritious meal.
Ingredients You'll Need