All About That Moderation

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Mr. Twedt’s Kindergarteners Mixing our Granola Bites

My taste tests for December have all been about one thing: moderation. With the holidays around the corner, I know treats are going to be everywhere and my kids know it too. When I asked them what foods they eat at Christmas time, I got a lot of: Sugar cookies with sprinkles on top! Gingerbread! Candy Canes! And even one SUGAR!!!!

 

Don’t get me wrong – I love sweets as much as the next girl, but I think it’s important to teach my students about self-control and eating treats sparingly. Enter “Sometimes” and “Everyday” Foods. I don’t want to teach kids that they should feel bad about eating Christmas cookies, but I do want them to understand that sugar doesn’t help our brains or our bodies grow, so things like cookies and candy canes are a “Sometimes” food – a food they shouldn’t eat every day.

 

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Mrs. Delany’s 1st Graders

To get my students up and moving, and thinking more about “Sometimes” foods, I gave every child a food card with either a fruit, vegetable, or sweet on it. If their card was an “Everyday” food, we jumped as high as we could, if it was a “Sometimes” food we squatted down.

 

Then, to follow up our lesson, we made a treat that’s a little bit healthier: granola bites.

 

Kid’s seemed to really enjoy them! Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to make them at home as a healthier Christmas treat:

 

 

Granola Bites (Makes 30)

 

½ C Brown Rice Syrup

½ C Peanut Butter or Nut Butter Alternative

1 ½ C Granola

1 C Puffed Rice Cereal

¼ C Craisins, Pepitas, or Combo of the two for a Holiday Version 

 

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl

 

In a microwave safe container, add peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Microwave for 1 minute then stir to combine

 

Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir to combine, then form 1 inch balls with mixture (a tablespoon works well for this)

 

Enjoy!

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One thought on “All About That Moderation

  1. Love it! 🙂 I’m sure the kids loved the activity and I think it is such a neat idea. Their “favorite food” may always be listed as a cookie or treat but for them to begin to understand moderation and “sometimes” foods, we are instilling really good information. Great job Megan, it may not be easy to always see the change, but you are teaching them great things, things that will stick with them their whole life!

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