Students found inspiration online to make their own healthy mealsStudents found inspiration online to make their own healthy mealsStudents found inspiration online to make their own healthy meals

Students found inspiration online to make their own healthy meals

Aims and description:

•To highlight healthy and unhealthy foods.
•To make a healthy meal.
•To buy natural ingredients to make a healthy meal on a budget.
 

The teachers in the Aspire unit of our academy held a session on healthy eating, based on Jamie Oliver’s success in primary schools in England. First of all, students were asked to categories foods as healthy and unhealthy, which they were able to do with signifant ease. Then, they were asked to categorise the foods into carbohydrates, fats, sugars, protein and fruit and vegetables. They found this more difficult and required a lesson on what a carbohydrate was and the difference between the sugars found in fruit and the sugars found in chocolate. After the lesson, the students were taken to Aldi, where they had to buy natural ingredients to make a healthy, Jamie Oliver inspired meal at school. Students had to note the prices of various ingredients and then compare these prices with the shops near by before deciding where was best to shop. The students took their ingredients back to school, where they used Jamie Oliver recipes to make their healthy meals. Finally, the students tried each other’s meals and voted for which meal was their favourite and which ingredients they could use in different dishes.

Students learnt about the importance of budgeting and about which shops they could buy more ingredients for less money. Additionally, they learnt how to prepare and cook natural ingredients to make a healthy and nutritious meal. Most students agreed that the meals they cooked were actually tastier than junk food and they were amazed at the difference in price per product between their Aldi shop and their Sainsbury’s shop.

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