Children in the Sussex County YMCA’s after school care at the Franklin Borough Elementary School turn nutrition lessons into healthy and nutritious snacks.
The kids have been learning about “Go,” “Slow,” and “Whoa” foods through the “Healthy U” program. “Go” foods are the healthiest foods that children can eat almost anytime, like fresh fruits and vegetables, skim and low-fat milk. “Slow” foods are sometimes foods, and shouldn’t be eaten every day like waffles and fruits in syrup. “Whoa” foods should make you say “Whoa! Should I eat that?” “Whoa” foods are the least healthy foods or the once in a while foods like muffins or fruit drinks with less than 100% juice. When children know the difference between “Go,” “Slow,” and “Whoa” foods, they feel empowered to make smart choices for healthy eating
Kids put “Healthy U” nutrition lessons into action by creating healthy and nutritious snacks. Some of their favorite “Go” snacks include yogurt parfaits with fresh strawberries, granola, and fat free vanilla yogurt. Other favorite “Go” snacks for the children include making a face on a plate using fresh vegetables like carrots, radishes, cucumbers, and broccoli, and using low fat ranch dressing as the “Go” glue. The children also enjoy making fruit smoothies with pineapple, bananas, and mangos, as well as making fresh air popped popcorn with a dash of cinnamon and salt.