what makes a balanced plate?

1 Aug

frame_sports1Summer holds countless possibilities.

This summer we have had the pleasure of teaching nutrition and wellness classes to the Park Slope Sports Academy, soccer camp. It has been a blast connecting with their soccers champs so far!

We taught a few lessons on why it’s important to feed ourselves with healthy snacks through out the day, ending the class with a tasting of a super healthy Butter Beans snack like strawberry, banana and kale smoothies, and our hemp and sunflower seed granola bars.

Yesterday, we gave a dynamic class on what constitutes a balanced plate, and why it’s important for us to eat a variety of foods, in moderation. Our class was filled with yoga poses, nutrition facts, a scavenger hunt, an interactive balanced plate activity, and a handout to bring home!

Our handout was comprised of a balanced plate with the 4 components (vegetables, grains, proteins, fruits) with the option of dairy + the 2 other components (water + exercise) left blank. We had our students write down their favorite meal, and dissect the ingredients in that meal. Then they plugged in their ingredients into the balanced plate. For those campers that used “mac n cheese” and “pizza” and “cheese burgers” as their favorite meals, we discussed ways they could make those foods more balanced, and came up with ingredients that would make for delicious additions.

It was inspiring to see the students think critically about their favorite foods, and organize their ingredients into the components of the balanced plate. Besides the obvious favorite meals, we did get some interesting ones like lamb curry, sushi and roasted chicken with potatoes!

A big thanks goes out to our friends at the Sports Academy for having us as your wellness + nutrition experts! Looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and spending the rest of summer with you.

Photo courtesy of Park Slope Day Camp

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