I am teaching an after school class called “Sprouting Healthy Kids” with Austin’s Sustainable Food Center. Our goal is to help pave the way for students to develop a life-long relationship with clean, local, & sustainable food. Hopefully we can better their food choices and knowledge/exposure to what real food actually is. And we WILL…I can already see it working!
I teach my class at an AISD middle school. Last week, one of the students asked me if in the next class they could make candy. Well, “candy” can be a relative term. I told her “SURE! No Problem…Candy it is!”
Of course with my passion and healthy food conscience, there would be no sugary, synthetic, & empty-nutrient candy cooking going on with these precious kids. My lesson happened to be about seeds, germination, nuts and edible seeds & nuts. Perfect! We made “candy” in the form of peanut butter and pistachio crunch balls. They loved it. One of the girls had a peanut allergy so we used sunflower seed butter for her “candy.” They could have cared less that this great snack didn’t come from a phony wrapper loaded with nasty ingredients. Plus, they made it…so they loved it.