Thank You for coming to CookShop for Families Workshop today!
Fri, Jan 19 7:55pm
The Earth School

If you didn’t make it to the workshop today - that’s ok!  If you read this email, you’ll get a lot of the information that was shared, and you can try the recipe out for yourself at home with your kids.  The recipe from today’s workshop is attached at the end of this email.

Next month’s CookShop for Families Workshop will be “Focus on Fruit” and will take place on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 8:30am- 9:30am in the 5th Street Lobby (alongside Coffee Friday).  

CookShop for Families is a made-for-parents version of what some of the students in pre-k-3rd grade classrooms at Earth School are doing each week with CookShop in the Classroom.  Today we introduced the concept of “MyPlate”, which is the USDA recommended food proportions for each meal: 1/2 of your meal should be comprised of fruits and vegetables, 1/4 protein and 1/4 whole grains.  The dairy industry lobby would also like you to have a serving of dairy at every meal, but this is a choice that can be adjusted for individual dietary needs or restrictions.  Those on a low-carb diet may also want to restrict their carbohydrate intake and might choose a different proportion of grains per meal.  Water, however, is super important no matter what!  So please drink lots of water.  Eight to ten (8-10) 8 oz glasses of water per day is the recommended minimum.  At least 30 minutes of physical activity every day is also recommended.

Speaking of water, those workshop participants who turned in their surveys at the end of the workshop received a special prize - a fruit-or-herb-infusion water bottle.  (see photo).  It’s a really nice way to add a bit of flavor to your water without adding lots of calories or excessive sugar.   We still have a few of these bottles left so they might be featured in the prize at next month’s workshop.  :-)

We discussed how even though most of us are familiar with the concept that half our meal should be fruits and vegetables, how often do we really follow that?  What if we challenged ourselves to really follow that program regularly?  (Try it and see!) And what about our kids?  Are their meals 1/2 fruits/vegetables?  (You are not alone if the answer to that is “no”).  The junk-food cultural pressures are very strong and hard to resist.  CookShop in the Classroom and CookShop for Families are based on the idea that if kids are involved in preparing healthy snacks and meals they will be more likely to make healthy food choices.   So that’s the other challenge this month: try out this recipe, and have your kids help you make it and see if they like it.  (In the workshop several participants commented that the veggie wrap would make a good choice for breakfast!)

Thanks again to everyone who has been supporting CookShop for Families.  Your participation helps ensure that CookShop in the Classroom continues and that one day our kids will be asking for broccoli with yogurt dip instead of cheese puffs for a snack.

Happy, healthy, delicious eating!

Frances Anderson