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3 Reasons I Love Teaching Kids About Real Food

Teaching is fun — particularly when I’m teaching a subject I’m passionate about. I love creating a lesson, digging up resources to share with students, and thinking up questions to help foster discussion. I even love the often tedious work of making videos and editing audio files. But the real reason I love teaching kids about Real Food? The reason that makes all that hard work worth while?

It’s getting an inbox full of creative assignments like this one, which came as a response to a prompt to create a visual representation of which foods are available locally throughout the course of a year:

(This was done by Anna J. You can click on the picture for a larger, more detailed view.)

…and this one, which was created as an examination of food advertising to see just how prevalent nutritionism is:

(This was done by Karen H. Again, just click on the picture for a larger, more detailed view.)

…and this one, which documented a trip to the grocery store to see just how much hidden corn and corn derivatives could be found in 10 randomly selected grocery store food items:

(This was done by Hannah L. Again, just click on the picture for a larger, more detailed view.)

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14 Responses to 3 Reasons I Love Teaching Kids About Real Food
  1. Peggy
    January 14, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    This looks like a really great class. I would’ve loved, loved, loved this when I was homeschooling my kids!

    Kristen, did I miss something — are you still doing Fight Back Fridays?

    • KristenM
      January 14, 2011 | 7:33 pm

      Definitely! Over on Facebook I wrote that I’d forgotten today was Friday! My kids were sick with a stomach bug the night before last. So after that sleepless night and the fog that was the following day (yesterday), I lost a day in there. Didn’t remember it was Friday until noon! LOL. Oh well….

  2. BodyandMind Retreats via Facebook
    January 14, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    How wonderful it is
    that you are teaching the next generation
    the option of Wellness! Bravo!!!

  3. Chris@ Natural Health Goodies
    January 15, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Sounds like a great class, especially since you never learn this stuff in schools these days – if you base your health and nutrition on the skillful marketing on the packages you’d never know what you are really eating. This would be an important class for kids and adults – I’d bet the kids in your class could teach their parents a thing or two now. :)

  4. Katie
    January 15, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    What a great class! I wish there were more like them. Teaching my own kids about healthy eating has been one of the biggest joys, especially when they start to actually get it. It was such a proud moment as a mom when our doctor told me to give my four year old soda to calm his upset stomach, and he replied with “Why?! Soda is bad for my body!”
    At the risk of sounding cliche, the kids really are the future, especially with nutrition, and those good nutritional foundations we build with them now will be one of the best gifts we can pass on.

  5. Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE
    January 15, 2011 | 8:48 pm

    Kristen, thanks so much for sharing these with us. They are brilliant!

    I especially love the third one. How creative and smart!

  6. Stone Cottage Mama
    January 16, 2011 | 9:09 am

    This is great! I can’ wait to read more. In fact, I am hitting the back button right now to read about eating roadkill. lol.

  7. Food Renegade via Facebook
    January 16, 2011 | 11:45 pm


  8. leah
    January 17, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Too cool! My oldest is only six and I hope you offer this course again when he’s a little older!

  9. Mike Lieberman
    January 17, 2011 | 10:31 am

    I’m definitely going to pass along the class to some teacher friends. Love it.

  10. Tracee
    January 18, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Is your book on teaching nutrition/real foods to kids available yet? I wanted to get a hard copy. My son is 5 1/2, but with his food issues we have already been having discussions about the chemicals, vitamins, etc. He understands that store bought candies are full of chemicals he reacts to and bad sugar. He saw my husband put in a cough drop the other day. He asked “Daddy, what are you eating?” and my husband said a cough drop. My son then said “Do I need to tell Mommy”?. (Severe diabetes is rampant on my husbands side of the family and he doesn’t want his Daddy to get it.)

  11. Liz
    January 19, 2011 | 9:17 am

    I only hope you are still offering this class when my little guys are older! It looks great!

  12. Robin
    January 19, 2011 | 11:13 am

    I love what these kids have created! I hate how often our society thinks children only like junk food. Kids are so teachable, and often surprise me with just how much they already know when we give them some learning time.

  13. Heather Lillard Lettus via Facebook
    January 23, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    Any idea when your Real Food for kids book will be out??

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My name is Kristen Michaelis. I'm a nutrition educator, author, and mother of three. I adore hats, happy skirts, horizons full of storm clouds, the full-bodied feel of wind as I ride motorcylces, reading in my hammock, and a hearty shot of Caol Ila scotch. I'm also a rebel with a cause.
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