Teaching and inspiring kids to choose healthy, balanced meals as they get older and more autonomous is freaking challenging! Today we’re sharing a fun activity today we worked on in partnership with Revolution Foods…
The older kids get, the more autonomy they have in their food choices which is a bit terrifying! I really want to empower my kids to make healthy and balanced choices as they grow so they aren’t living off chips and candy by the time they’re 16, or worse by the time they’re 40. Luckily there are companies like Revolution Foods that have a similar mission. The company designs, produces, and delivers meals to 2,500 school and community centers nationwide. That’s 2 million healthy, kid-inspired, and delicious meals each week! One less meal to worry about for these growing kids.
A recent UC Berkeley study showed a direct link between healthy lunch options and academic performance. This isn’t a surprise on its own- I feel like I can’t think straight when I’m hungry either! The amazing thing is that Revolution Foods was ranked #1 in healthy meals by the same study. All of their meals are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. They are the only national school meal provider to use a clean-label supply chain that consists of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, high-quality proteins, and rBST-free dairy products too.
In the bay area specifically, Revolution Foods has debuted several new initiatives to drive student participation, engagement and satisfaction with its meals such as: implementing new packaging that allows students to easily see the delicious offerings, serving side veggies with tasty dressings and seasonings to ensure students enjoy eating veggies, and launching a new thematic lunch menu that is loaded with student favorites based on student survey results. Whether it’s Taco Tuesdays or Try it Thursdays, students get to try a variety of delicious items throughout the week.
During the first month of school, Revolution Foods spoke to over 600 students across Bay Area schools to ensure these initiatives worked as planned. The feedback revealed that over 70% of students loved the meals!
In addition to getting feedback from students, Revolution Foods also engages with parents during back to school nights, PTA meetings, etc. to ensure their feedback is heard and incorporated into the meal program.
Really happy Revolution Foods is working at empowering kids to eat healthy at school, but this work really starts in the home. When talking to kids about important topics, you have to speak in their love language right? For Edie’s that’s crafts! Last week Edie invited over a friend from her school to create some fun paper foods and balanced food plates that they could later share in their classes. It promoted some really great discussions around food and balance as well!
Here’s how it went…
First we sat cutting out fruits, veggies, carbs, and proteins out of colored paper, we talked about what benefits each food was, and how to put them together for a well-balanced, healthy, and colorful meal.
Then they put together a healthy and well-balanced plate. I told them to pick things that they would actually eat and thought might go well together. It was interesting to see what choices they made. They were fighting over the lettuce!
At first, Edie was surprised that pizza was included as a healthy meal option in our little craft, and it sparked a great conversation about balance! That there aren’t many ‘bad foods’, mostly just poorly balanced diets. Pizza with a salad and fruit was a well-balanced meal.
My daughter was really excited to share this with her class; we made plans to do a similar activity in her class next month. I hope they can start to look at their plates in a more healthy, balanced, colorful way!
Thanks to Revolution Foods for sponsoring this post and aligning with me in my mission to empower kids to make better, healthier choices.