LSU AgCenter presents successful program

Staff Report
Belle Rose group.

LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition Agent, Robin B. Landry, conducted Let’s Cook Together workshops at the Assumption Library locations in Napoleonville, Pierre Part, Belle Rose, Labadieville and Bayou L’Ourse.

Summer readers and their parents, grandparents, and/or caretakers participated in the hour long program where students learned about MyPlate Hero in the story “The Adventures of MyPlate Nutrition Hero”. In the story, youth and adults learned about the food groups, foods that are in those groups, and how plates should be served at mealtime.

After the story, while the children colored their plates, Landry presented a lesson to the adults present about how to include children in food preparation, even those as young as two. Handouts were provided that gave the adults a list of age appropriate activities for youth ranging in age from 2 to 12, tips sheets that included information on making your plate a great plate by making healthy food choices, how to be a good role model for children by setting good examples regarding food, physical activity, and cooking together, eating together, and talking together to make mealtime a family time.

The lesson concluded with adults and children working together to prepare the recipe for Five Food Groups Pasta Salad. Salad ingredients were identified according to the food group to which they belong. The ingredients included whole wheat pasta noodles (grains), red beans (protein), carrots (vegetable), apple (fruit), low fat cheese (dairy), raisins (fruit), light mayonnaise, and ranch dressing mix. Participants then prepared the ingredients by shredding, cutting, measuring and mixing them into a tasty salad.

For more information on the Let’s Cook Together Program and other nutrition information contact Robin B. Landry at the Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter by calling (985) 369-6386 or emailing at RLandry@AgCenter.LSU.Edu.