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Washington Youth Garden

April Martin

Did you know that there is more sugar per ounce in some fruit juices than in a cherry coke? Or that we should eat as many fruits and vegetables as protein and grain combined? Fifth and sixth graders at Washington Latin Public Charter School do!  The Washington Youth Garden visited the middle school campus twice this month to talk about nutrition and enjoy some healthy snacks. Using the USDA’s MyPlate and the Sustainable Food Center’s Happy Plate as a model, the sixth grade students discussed favorite whole foods that fall into the categories of fruits and vegetables, grains, and protein. Then they created healthy, balanced, and beautiful meals on paper and enjoyed a nutritious snack of pita, hummus, carrots and cucumbers. Taking a look at the back of food packages and containers, the fifth graders decoded the nutrition facts to find out how many teaspoons of sugar were in each item (4 grams of sugar fill one teaspoon). With the help of a little math, students were shocked to see how much sugar is in some of their favorite beverages. To finish of the lesson students made and enjoyed some naturally sweet, applesauce.

Did you know that there is more sugar per ounce in some fruit juices than in a cherry coke? Or that we should eat as many fruits and vegetables as protein and grain combined? Fifth and sixth graders at Washington Latin Public Charter School do!  The Washington Youth Garden visited the middle school campus twice this month to talk about nutrition and enjoy some healthy snacks.

Using the USDA’s MyPlate and the Sustainable Food Center’s Happy Plate as a model, the sixth grade students discussed favorite whole foods that fall into the categories of fruits and vegetables, grains, and protein. Then they created healthy, balanced, and beautiful meals on paper and enjoyed a nutritious snack of pita, hummus, carrots and cucumbers.

Taking a look at the back of food packages and containers, the fifth graders decoded the nutrition facts to find out how many teaspoons of sugar were in each item (4 grams of sugar fill one teaspoon). With the help of a little math, students were shocked to see how much sugar is in some of their favorite beverages. To finish of the lesson students made and enjoyed some naturally sweet, applesauce.