— by Yehudeet Gore
At Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, first- and second-grade “foodies” are learning about smart eating in a group called Food Power, and they have some healthy snacks to share with The Philadelphia Jewish Voice.
Guided by the Choose My Plate format, the six students hope to become experts on the food groups and the importance of balanced meals and snacks. Nate Bleier, Irmiyahu Rubin, Yaakov Noam Shrager, Shira Ben Samuel, Ahuva Ludzker and Sruli Fineman have created “superfood superheroes,” played meal-building games, and prepared extra-nutritious “power snacks.” They even took a trip to Nana’s Kitchen to learn an all-senses lesson in herbs, and they created smoothies in all colors and tastes.
As a culminating project, the Food Power participants researched the menus at Nana’s Kitchen and another local restaurant, The Dairy Cafe, and developed “power meals” that they pieced together from the offerings available.
The students have made together “power snacks” such as baked apples, trail mix, berry-banana yogurt and carrots with hummus.
Baked Apples and Cinnamon
- apples, cored and sliced
- ground cinnamon
- Lightly spray a pan with Pam or line it with parchment paper.
- Arrange the sliced apples on the tray.
- Sprinkle some ground cinnamon over the apples, if desired.
- Bake at 350°F until golden.
- natural popcorn
- sunflower seeds
- chocolate chips
Combine all the above ingredients, and any other nuts and dried fruits you like, in a bowl or zip top bag.
“Power Frozen Yogurt”
- mixed unsweetened frozen berries
- low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- Place all the ingredients in a blender.
- Process until smooth.
Carrots & Hummus
- peeled baby carrots
Arrange the baby carrots around the hummus dip.