Building a Healthy Plate: Cooking with Whole Grains
Are you working toward increasing whole grain consumption in children who attend child care?
Are you looking for a lesson plan that will help you teach child care providers about whole grains? If so, then Building a Healthy Plate: Cooking with Whole Grains is for you!
About the program
Building a Healthy Plate: Cooking with Whole Grains is an effective three-hour training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care providers to prepare and serve more whole grain foods to the children in their care. The training uses adult learning principles such as peer sharing, taste testing, hands-on activities, and goal setting. As a result of this training, child care providers will:
- Identify whole grain foods by reading food labels.
- Learn how to cook tasty whole grain dishes.
- Access current use of whole grains in their child care services and develop a plan to increase the number and type of whole grains served.
- Use resources to increase child and family acceptance of whole grains.
About the Curriculum
Start teaching this program today by purchasing the curriculum for $30.
All of the resources are web-based. Purchasing the curriculum grants you access to the Building a Healthy Plate: Cooking with Whole Grains Trainer’s Website, a “one-stop shop” for all things related to the program. On this site you will gain access to the trainer’s guide, handouts and teaching aids, and additional information related to whole grain consumption in child care.
Want to learn more about the curriculum? See these samples.
- Introduction from the trainer’s guide — Introduction to this Guide (PDF)
- Sample of the beginning of a lesson plan — Learning About Whole Grains (PDF)
- Sample cooking station recipe — Instant Spanish Rice (PDF)
- Sample handout; this is a weekly outline for how child care providers can incorporate program resources into an educational program for the children in their care (post-training) — Connecting It All Together (PDF)
Read more about the development of this curriculum in the related research article, Cooking with Whole Grains for Child Care Providers (Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior).
For more information, contact Mary Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org; 507-337-2817).
Updated Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns: Child and Adult Meals — United States Department of Agriculture — Get more information about the USDA update.
Healthy School Environments — Join us in making every school a healthy environment for Minnesota's children.