November 12, 2011

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Mexican Foods Theme Meal

As part of my dietetic internship, I had to create a theme meal at a school. I chose a high school in South Haven, MI to create my meal.  

I got to know what the kids liked to eat on a normal day at school and decided to make a Mexican Salad bar based on their choices.  They liked foods that were typical kid foods: pizzza, tacos, nachos, hot pretzels, etc. I wanted to teach them that they could have the Mexican style foods without it being so unhealthy.

I created this poster to show some examples of healthy and unhealthy Mexican foods. The pictures are all of the healthier foods. Also, in the center, there is a recipe showing how we made the Mexican salad bar healthier than normal. Here is what we did:
-Reduced fat sour cream
-Baked chips
-Reduced fat taco meat
-50% reduced fat cheddar cheese (NO nacho cheese!)
-Also, we added flavorful toppings to make up for the fact that the food was reduced fat: red pepper slices, black olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, salsa, etc.

The kids really enjoyed the salad bar and could not tell that the food was healthier than normal

I had a great time helping serve this meal and to see how happy the kids were with my meal!

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  1. What a great idea! This looks really cool. How wonderful it is to see your education put into practice like this!

  2. Hey! I want some... That looks yummy!

    Great job on the nutritional poster


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