Here’s the Thing… About Making Healthy Eating Fun

Here’s the Thing… About Making Healthy Eating Fun


So, what’s a creative way to encourage
our elementary students to eat healthier? It’s having a cooking competition! Sodexo,
who is our food nutrition services provider – they offer up an annual future
chef competition. They’re cooking behind us now. Let’s go take a look! Hi Joey, How are you? Good.
Hey can you tell me a little bit about what you’re cooking? I know it’s supposed
to be healthy, right? So what are some healthy ingredients that you’re using? There’s lettuce, there’s some tomatoes. Lettuce and tomatoes… and black olives. Can you tell me a little bit about what you’re making right now? I’m making a shrimp taco and avocado cream slaw. Right now I’m working on the slaw while the shrimp is defrosting. So it’s shrimp taco? So tell me… and you just… did you just cut up all those jalapeños? Yes. That’s gonna be really
hot. Is that what you’re going for? Is spice a requirement? Yeah. Because it says
it in the name. It says spicy so it’s supposed to be spicy. Yeah good point. Yours has a
kind of a complicated name that seems seems kind of creative so tell me about why
you picked this one. So we picked two of the recipes that we had and we made this one and when we were making it, one – it was a lot of fun making and two – it tasted so good. It tasted good? Quinoa tastes good? Yes. Alright. So the theme of this cook-off is the Fiesta Fit Mexican… Fiesta Fit Healthy Mexican! That’s it! That’s it – you got it. So tell me about how you’ve helped them figure out the ingredients and the
recipes to match that theme. Well the ingredients – they submit the recipes and
in my part, I just get all the ingredients together. We get everything
measured out and we make sure we have order enough for them to cook and then
they have a show plate and then for everybody to sample afterwards. So then
do the kids have a say in what they want to put in it or is it basically
based on… Yes, all the recipes are submitted by the students so it’s
something that we prepared for them or gave him so that they submit it to us
and that we picked out the top 13 and then the top 13 are here right now. So did any of them submit anything that you would have said hey that’s not
healthy. We can’t do that or were they all pretty healthy? Actually they’re all
pretty healthy, so they kept everything healthy. Instead of using ground
beef a lot of them are using ground turkey. Yeah. A lot of the beef that was that
we are using is 90/10. Awesome. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re
gonna produce out here. Hey me too. I appreciate you doing it.
Yeah thank you. I just left the kitchen and there is
some crazy cooking going on in there with all the kids and the Sodexo employees. That’s
pretty awesome. Oh yes. It’s always really good to
see the kids getting interested. That’s so much fun. So how many how many kids
started this process this year? This year 65 submitted their recipes and out 65 we
chose 13. So what’s the objective of the future chef competition? It’s to get
students more focused on choosing healthy foods and being creative
and active in the kitchen, and you know, who doesn’t like a gold medal? That’s
right. They’re gonna win something in the end. That’s right, that’s right. They’re gonna
get a good prize. How many years have we been doing this?
Eleven years we’ve been doing this. Wow. That’s awesome. Thank you so much. The
kids are loving it. Big drumroll for the grand prize winner, beating on taste, healthy ingredients, and overall score – David George!
(Applause) So here’s the thing… in Keller ISD
we’re always looking for ways to engage our students. This competition is one way
for students to have fun and to figure out how to eat healthy. Special thanks to
our judges and our parents. Our judges included Keller ISD trustees, Keller
Chamber, and some HR administrators were here to support as well. Congrats to our
future chefs! Have a great day! If you want to see more videos like this click
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