Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Stay healthy, Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recently partnered with “Now You’re Cooking,” a local culinary studio, to teach Girl Scouts about the benefits of healthy eating habits. The workshop, Nutritional Science, took place on November 3 and was open to Girl Scout Brownies. The girls who attended created healthy snacks and earned their Snack badge.

According to a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, learning about healthy eating at an early age is important. Although girls demonstrate basic knowledge about healthy foods and eating behaviors, they often do not put this knowledge into practice, and it is normal for many girls to make poor choices with respect to diet and exercise.

Want to earn your Snack badge? Get started by creating some of the recipes below!

Applesauce Parfait (Sweet Snack)

*Makes one serving size
Estimated time: 5-10 minutes

-          1 single serve applesauce cup 
-          4 tablespoons of granola
-          4 tablespoons of whipped cream

1. In a cup or bowl, scoop three spoonfuls of applesauce into the bottom
2. Add two tablespoons of whipped cream for the next layer
3. Top with a layer of two tablespoons of granola
4. Repeat steps 1-3 one more time
After completing step four, your parfait should look like this:

This snack is easy and sweet! To make it your own, substitute any of the ingredients for a different healthy option! 

Italian Skewer (Savory Snack)

*Makes two serving sizes.
*If you do not have skewers, substitute by using two straws.
Estimated time: 15 minutes

-          1 cheese stick
-          4 tortellini (cooked) 
-          2 tomatoes
-          2 slices of pepperoni
-          2 basil leaves

1. Place your cheese stick on plate and cut it into fourths (Reminder: ask a parent or guardian for help when using knives!)
Your cheese stick should look like this:

On each skewer add:
2 pieces of cheese
2 tortellini
1 tomato
1 peperoni
1 basil leaf

This is a quick an easy snack that everyone will love! Mix and match ingredients to make your own take on this healthy snack.

Trail Mix (Energy Snack)

*Makes one serving

Estimated time: 5-10 minutes

The key to a healthy trail mix is that it should include a carbohydrate, protein and a sugar.

Choose from the following to add in your trail mix:
-          Special K Red Berries cereal
-          Chocolate Chips
-          Cheerios
-          Walnuts
-          Marshmallows
-          Sprinkles
          Take equal parts of each item you would like to put in your trail mix and add it to a Ziploc bag.

 This is a perfect snack to pack for lunch or a day when you’re on the go!