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Friday, June 30, 2017

Week 39 of Nutrition Expedition: Picnic Party!

June 30, 2017

Picnic Party!

For our last Nutrition Expedition of the year, we had a center-wide picnic! On the menu were turkey & cheese sandwiches, carrots, and watermelon! What a fun way to end a great year! I have been so blessed the last 3 years to be able to facilitate this program for the children. It has been so beneficial to them; they get excited about healthy food and trying new things. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years 😊!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Week 38 of Nutrition Expedition: Corn Flowers

June 19-23, 2017

Corn Flowers

I made delicious "corn flowers" for the children this week in Nutrition Expedition! All you need to do is cut a corn cob into slices and place them on a wooden skewer so that the center of the cob looks like the center of the flower (for the younger children, I placed the flowers on mini forks for safety reasons). The children loved them! Be sure to try it at home!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Week 37 of Nutrition Expedition: Meet Your Corn Farmer

June 12-16, 2017

Meet Your Corn Farmer!

This week in Nutrition Expedition, Farmer Kelli dropped by with some information about how to grow corn! We checked out dried feed corn, corn seeds, and read a hilarious book!

To grow corn, you should plant your seeds in mid-late spring once the temperature reaches an average of 60 degrees. Seeds should be planted roughly 8 to 10 inches apart. You can expect a maturity time of at least 60-100 days. A few weeks after the silk appears on the ears of sweet corn, they are ready for harvest! Follow this link to learn more about the process.

After exploring a vial of corn seeds and an ear of dried feed corn, we read a really cute story; The Three Little Tamales, by Eric A. Kimmel. It's a delightful take on the story of the three little pigs, and follows three tamales as they outwit Senor Lobo, the "big bad wolf". The children were so engrossed in this story!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Week 36 of Nutrition Expedition: Can You Guess What It Is?

May 30- June 2, 2017

Can You Guess What It Is?

Hint:  It grows on a stalk, has a husk on the outside, and is yellow on the inside...that's right, it's corn! We learned all about the characteristics of corn, how it benefits our bodies, and explored a fresh ear of sweet corn this week in Nutrition Expedition!

Corn often gets a bad rap as being lacking in nutrients, but that's actually not true (of course, if you add lots of tasty butter and salt, that's a different story 😊). While sweet corn does have a higher natural sugar content than most veggies, it does carry a decent amount of protein, 10% of your daily value in fiber and vitamin C, and 6% of your daily value in vitamin A. The large amount of soluble fiber it contains even helps to decrease your cholesterol! When it's cooked, research has actually shown that the levels of beneficial antioxidants and phytochemicals it contains increases. So, don't feel too guilty adding it to your summer barbecue 🌽! To read more about corn production and it's health benefits, check out this link.

Super Sleuth Questions

1. What did Ms. Kelli bring in the mystery bag this week? (answer:  corn)

2. What is the peel on the outside of the corn called? (answer:  a husk)

3. What else did you notice on the corn? (answer:  corn silk, kernels, stem)