How to Incorporate Healthy Snacks Into the Elementary Classroom

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Incorporating healthy snacks into the elementary classroom isn't nearly as difficult as you might think it is. Incorporate healthy snacks into the elementary classroom with help from a professor at the University of Idaho in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm SeAnne Safaii, registered dietician, and today we're going to be talking about how to incorporate healthy snacks into the elementary classroom. This is a very very fun area that I've had a lot of opportunity to work in with elementary school kids and some of the best ways that I've found to incorporate healthy snacks is to incorporate them into their art class and so today we're going to be, I'm going to be showing you how to make some fun art projects with students. I've been the art mom in all of my kid's classes so I know what I speak when I talk about how much fun they have but one of the things that I like to do is always bring fruits and vegetables because traditionally kids do not get a lot of exposure to fruits and vegetables and they don't eat a lot of them so the more that we can introduce those into the classroom, into their art, expose them to the different flavors, the more likely they are to consume those. So, I have a variety of food in front of me today. I have got some cheese, some fruits and some vegetables and so this is what we call our medium. We bring in all kinds of fruits and vegetables and give the kids a project, whether or not to make a face or a landscape or whatever. Today I'm going to be making faces. So let's see I've got a piece of cheese here, cheddar cheese, makes a great head, you might need toothpicks. I cut up some mozzarella cheese and some blueberries and I'm sticking the eyes on my face. I think he's going to need a little body here, maybe a little grapes sliced. You want to have a paring knife or little plastic knives for the kids always work well. And let's see maybe I can use an apple here, always put it on a bed of lettuce and then give him some shoes. Here's where I might need a toothpick, just whip the toothpick in half. We've actually had contests with kids designing their food art and judge them and it's a big deal at our school. So there's one of my little art designs. We could put carrots here and this is like the real basic kind of stuff but you can also do pretty elaborate projects. So I actually prepared a couple of other ones over here, if you can see these. This is actually a real meal. So we have protein, we have vegetables, we have fruit, we have a little bit more protein and then you're probably asking why does a dietician put chocolate covered raisins on the plate. And that's because we believe that all foods fit. So in this one we have chocolate raisins, a little treat along with your healthier foods. In this one I've made an ice cream cone. I'm going to add some blue chips for a little bit of carb and you might see two cookies there. Again, all foods fit. We want children to be in charge of their eating. We want them to be in charge of their hunger and their fullness feelings and we just really want them to be exposed to healthful foods and to try tasting and there's no funner way than to bring art into the classroom. So I would encourage all you art moms out there to get creative with food and good luck.

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