Act Now – Child Care & After School
While permanent menu changes that demonstrate a commitment to serving healthier meals and snacks in child care settings is one of the goals of LiveWell Greenville, partners understand the challenge of appeasing the appetite of children who are often accustomed to higher fat, high sugar snacks.
Child care centers and after school providers can start developing excitement for healthy foods through creative food preparation and presentation activities. The Sterling Community Center, in partnership with Fourth Presbyterian Church, started a Garden Club to engage children in growing fresh vegetables in a garden on the center grounds. Recently, children in the Garden Club made “fruit faces” utilizing apples, grapes, kiwi and other tasty produce. The children had a wonderful time carefully crafting their faces and sampling the tasty fruit.
If you would like to try this fun activity with children in your child care program, below is a list of ingredients to make owls, as is pictured above.
- whole wheat bagel sliced in half
- low fat cream cheese or peanut butter
- kiwi or banana slices for eyes
- blueberries/raisins for the center of eyes
- thin sliced red and green apples for feathers, wings, or horns
- grapes for claws and nose