Children all enjoyed the experience, they ate everything we made, and they will come back to the next Food Revolution event I will organise (Yeah).
Food Revolution Ambassador: Before we entered the market I asked my food revolution team members what they usually ate for snack and explained that the best snack you can buy is not from the supermarket or the bakery but from the farmers market where the food will usually be free from chemicals, additives, hormones and antibiotics; where you will find fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheeses and much more.
Kids: Actually they did the job. I told them what to buy and they did it brilliantly. We even came back home with more than we needed. They wanted to buy EVERYTHING (courgettes, peppers, salads, pumpkins, flowers, gluten free bread, artisan goat cheese, apples, pears, artisan basil pesto, eggs, flowers…).
Food Revolution Ambassador: on the way back home we defined what real food was, that it was close to unprocessed food, that it can be made by yourself in a home kitchen from whole food ingredients.
Also I mentioned that eating processed food was alright as long as you checked the ingredients first.
To make sure they got the message, they watched 3 short films:
1- Mc Donald experiment:
2- How processed orange juice is made:
3- How much sugar in a Coke:
Kids: the kids were shocked !!
Film 1 – It is not normal they thought, I am not sure I will go back to that fast food restaurant again.
Film 2 – They did not really get what was not normal, but I explained that processed juices were pasteurised anyway and hardly provided all the nutrients fresh fruits do provide.
Film 3 – WOW they could not believe how much sugar you could find in such a small can and I explained that most of the time the sugar used in fizzy drinks was HFCS = chemicals.
THE KITCHEN – THE REAL FOOD – THE GOSH FOOD
We made together 3 real GOSH food tastings:
1 – Vegetables and fruits smoothie (good for breakfast as well as for snack):
Courgette, kale, lettuce, kiwi, strawberries (end of season), banana, cocoa powder, almond milk.
2 - Raw salads with
- purple and yellow cauliflower, yellow pepper, carrots, lettuce, cashew nuts, canned tuna with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
- tomatoes, mozzarella, courgette, lettuce, nuts with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
3 – Gluten free bread from brown rice flower & seeds with artisan goat cheese and artisan pesto.
FOOD REVOLUTION EXPERIENCE:
I initially planned 2 hours for that first event (started at 11 am) and actually the last Food Revolution team member left at 3.30 pm ☺
I did not mind and that was very informative from both sides. I see how children can be different from mine, and how differently I should teach to them as well. They learnt a lot too.
We definitely had a great Food Revolution time. My new team members asked a lot of question and thanks goodness I was prepared. It was amazing to see that some of them had some knowledge (like knowing that kiwi was rich I vitamin C for instance).
We made a snack revolution. They were a bit surprised to see that snacks could be not sweet but loved the taste of it (even if they will need more time to get used to the vegetable smoothie).
Anyway they gave a try to everything we talked about; everything we made.
Children are smart, children are curious. They simply need to be taught.
Talking about the cocoa powder, I explained the difference between raw cocoa powder and the chocolate powder you buy in the cereals aisle of the supermarket by showing them the ingredients and they were surprised to learn that most of the chocolate powders sold out there are actually not chocolate but sugar.
Hence I will organise other Food Revolution / GOSH food workshops to talk about labelling, breakfast, dinners, eating out… And I am looking forward to it.
One dad told me when he collected his daughter that I should do the same for adults. And you know what, this is what GOSH food is all about (but I can only give you my free time).
Hopefully you enjoyed this post as much as we did. Of course I could not really talk in detail about every thing we did / said but will post more on GOSH food children.
And don’t forget the FOOD REVOLUTION DAY ON THE 17th MAY 2013. Like marathons, we need to train before the event.
|17th MAY 2013 – FOOD REVOLUTION DAY
NEED TO PLAN SOMETHING WITH THE KIDS