Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Green Elementary Students Take Up First Lady's Challenge

Chefs at Green
Chef Chris Decker serves at Green Elementary.
Green students voted overwhelming approval recently for their submission to the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition: SanDi Coast Chili Mole.

The challenge was created to team food service staff, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, tasty, and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into their lunch menus. Recipes were created in one of three categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.

Chef Chris Decker, from Decker Brothers Gourmet, parent Natalie Farwell, and Green students Avalia Bilben, Chase Osborn and Tanner Eagle, worked together with Sylvia Kravitz, food services product development technician, to develop the recipe. It was created over a period of two months using the kitchen at Patrick Henry High School.

The finalists in the competition will participate in a nationwide cook-off. The Let’s Move! Campaign, started by First Lady Michelle Obama, has a national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

For more information, contact Sylvia Kravitz, Food Services Department, at (858) 627-7313.