This year we are starting our fifth Year of our Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure. Over 600 students in 3 states will join us for a series of monthly lessons designed to help them learn to eat and enjoy a variety of healthy foods. Many of the teachers have been amazed at how the curriculum has transformed their students eating habits. So many of them have been inspired to create a culture of wellness in the classroom. In response to teacher requests, we suggest the following recipes that can be used in classroom parties as a substitute to more processed, sugary treats.
We have created a toolbox of ideas for 6 classroom parties:
- Fall Harvest/Halloween
- Winter Celebration
- Valentine’s Day
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Earth Day/Spring Celebration
- End of the Year Luau
Check out these ideas for celebrations throughout the year using recipes from DoctorYum.org to try at your class parties. You could also invite parents to prepare these and bring to class. Not only will it encourage parents and kids to try making new recipes at home, but it will reinforce healthy eating you may try in the classroom. As you know, repeat exposures to new foods is the key to building healthy eating habits for life!
For more ideas, recipes and activities for your healthy classroom party , check out the Doctor Yum Project’s Healthy Classroom Party board on Pinterest.
Fall is a great time to celebrate with so many yummy healthy foods including these delicious snacks found on DoctorYum.org.
|Green Hummus with Jack O-lantern Peppers||Pumpkin Energy Bites||Crunchy Apple Sandwiches|
Check out these healthier adaptations of sweet holiday treats and creative ways to bring veggies to the party at DoctorYum.org.
|Cranberry Salsa||Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus||Sugar Plums|
Instead of exchanging sweet treats, focus on “heart healthy” and taking care of your heart with delicious foods like these found at DoctorYum.org. Make naturally red foods like apples, strawberries and raspberries central to your celebration. Take it a step further and have a Heart Healthy Dance Party!!
|Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles||Cranberry Tea Bread||Strawberry Salsa|
St. Patrick’s Day
Take advantage of the opportunity to introduce new ways to eat veggies when green is the theme. Check out these yummy recipes at DoctorYum.org.
|Dinosaur Kale Salad||Green Dragon Smoothie||Edamame Hummus|
Earth Day/Spring Celebrations
Spring is the perfect season for planting seeds, herb gardens and teaching kids about how veggies grow. Try some of our most popular party foods found at DoctorYum.org.
|Tangy Broccoli Salad||Rainbow Fruit Salad||Carrot Energy Bites|
End of the Year Luau
Celebrate a great school year with an end of the year luau, chock-full of healthy island flavors from DoctorYum.org.
|Pineapple Power Salad||Avocado Black Bean Salsa (ABC Dip)||Marvelous Mango Salsa|
Find more healthy classroom celebration ideas on Doctor Yum’s Pinterest!
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