Carroll Bell launches new culinary program

Chef program at Carroll Bell

Carroll Bell Elementary School kicked off its new Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program Tuesday morning with a tasty food demonstration of “Delicious Tostadas” to teach students and their families how to prepare easy, healthy recipes at home.

The eight-week program will be available to all second grade students and their parents. Each cooking class will highlight a new recipe that connects familiar flavors to healthier food options.

In addition, students and parents will be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables, eat a healthy breakfast each day, drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks, eat mostly plant-based food and cook at home at least five times a week.

“Our goal is to bring both students and families in for the classes,” Carroll Bell Teacher Scott Albach said. “We are encouraging at home involvement in hopes that families spend time together in the kitchen.”

During the food demonstration, the second-graders were excited to learn interesting facts about healthy foods and asked nutrition questions. They enjoyed watching their classmates prepare “tostadas” topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and cheese, and were even able to enjoy a delicious sample at the end of the class!

Next, the students will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare confetti corn and a garden salad.

“Ultimately, I hope to bring this program back every year if possible, and I truly hope that this type of progressive education becomes more prevalent throughout the district,” Albach concluded.

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