Food Revolution Day 2015!!!
It’s here! And, I’m exhausted! I just taught my daughter’s kindergarten class how to make Rainbow Skewers and Yogurt Dip.
It’s always a rewarding adventure helping kids learn about food. This year we talked about how to read food labels. The lesson being, the fewer the ingredients the better. And, actually knowing what the ingredients are is the bestest (as my daughter would say). Since we were making a yogurt dip, we compared what we were making to a store bought, popular kids’ brand. Here were the results…
Our yogurt’s ingredients:
The popular kids’ brand (strawberry):
Modified Corn Starch
Vegetable Juice (for color)
Vitamin A Acetate
Now, I don’t know about you… But, I don’t even see a “strawberry” in the kids’ strawberry yogurt. And, isn’t corn starch already “modified” if it’s corn starch? Also, what do you think “natural flavor” is? The kids couldn’t answer and neither could I. The shame of it all is that the kids’ brand is so heavily marketed to the kids! My daughter is begging me for the “bad yogurt” (as she calls it), because it’s endorsed by Sponge Bob. How do we compete? I don’t know.
I do know that I had a whole group of boys tell me today that they hated yogurt, they hated honey and did they have to eat it? I told them to make the recipe and try a little and if they didn’t like it they didn’t have to eat it. No sh–, five minutes later… they were licking the bowl and scarfing down their fruit.
So, no, we can’t compete with Sponge Bob. All we can do is educate them and ask them try it. Sometimes it just takes a dip.
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