True Food Taste Test

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December 2018

On November 14th, Seward students and staff had the opportunity to try “Harvest Hummus,” made with pumpkin and butternut squash! The recipe was developed by Naimah Muhammed, an 8th grader at Marcy Open. Seward parent volunteer Heidi Peters worked with members of Seward’s Fuel Up to Play 60 student team to distribute samples, as well as stickers and recipe cards, and to talk with students about food.

The True Food Taste Tests are an initiative of Minneapolis Public Schools with the goal to inspire students to be adventurous eaters. (Learn more about it at http:// nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/tftt) Three times each school year, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services hosts True Food Taste Tests during lunch in elementary and middle school cafeterias to expose students to new flavors and food, and to encourage adventurous eating habits.

Exposing students to new foods fosters critical thinking about food beyond LIKE vs. DISLIKE: What is the texture? Is it sweet, bitter, or sour? What ingredients are used and where do they come from? How were they grown? Relating to food in this way empowers students to make healthy food choices.

Volunteers are needed for three Taste Tests each year. Volunteers assist student leaders and lunchroom staff in handing out samples and stickers, sharing fun facts about the recipe ingredients, and encouraging students to talk about food. If you would like to help, email farm2school@mpls.k12.mn.us!

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. At Seward, E2 (4th and 5th grade) students can apply to be a part of the student team that leads and organizes in-school activities focused on choosing nutritious food and getting at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. There are 12 E2 students on the team, typically 2 students per classroom; they are selected early each school year.