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Nutrition Program Prompts Students Toward Healthy Eats
Schenevus students have been seeking second helpings of salad lately, thanks to a partnership between the district and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

A program called “Taste the Power, Root to Flower” has been very popular with the students, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County Executive Director Jeanne Darling.

“I took some vegetables out to the seniors eating on the lawn last week, and they ate every bit of it,” Darling said with a smile.

Every Thursday in May, CCE nutrition educators visited Schenevus to teach students about vegetables, from garden to plate. During P.E. classes, students worked in the school garden with educators to learn about growing vegetable plants. Then at lunchtime, students were given the chance to taste a dish prepared with the plants they had learned about earlier that day — root vegetables, leafy greens or other types of veggies.

On the third Thursday in May, Darling and her colleague, Michaela Depatie, a SNAP education nutritionist, were giving out small cups of spinach and kale salad with Mandarin oranges and dried cranberries (see recipe below).

“Kids can be more adventurous eaters than we think,” Darling said. “A lot is in the way the food is presented.”

Cafeteria manager Mica Thorsland has incorporated some of the ideas introduced by Darling to make healthy options not only more abundant, but more appealing, in the school lunch line.

Darling said the partnership has been a very positive one, which she hopes will continue.

SPINACH-KALE SALAD

Ingredients:
1 bunch kale
1 bag baby spinach
2 12-ounce cans Mandarin oranges
¾ cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

More healthy recipes can be found on the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities website.
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