Shepherd has one simple goal: breaking the cycle of poverty. One of their main tools in tackling this mission is a private, Christian school with next-to-nothing tuition for grades K-5. The students from the surrounding inner-city community just started their 2014-2015 school year and signed up for after-school clubs. This is where I come in!
Over the next 6 weeks, I will be leading a kid-friendly cooking class for Shepherd students in grades 1-3. I’m focusing on presenting healthy foods (discernable to them as God-made versus man-made) in a fun way and creating sanitary kitchen habits. We started this week with a slimy yet succulent fruit snake.
The Pinterest-inspired concept was simple enough. Each child received a banana and a few strawberries to begin. After the important task of washing both our hands and our fruit, we peeled and sliced everything into thin pieces (using plastic knives, of course) and placed alternating banana and strawberry slices in a curling line along our plates. Most kids got this without an issue, although some complained about the “gooeyness” of the banana. Tip: Have food preparation gloves handy in case your kids fall into this category.
Note: Most of the toothpicks were a little long, so I would recommend cutting one toothpick in half instead of using two whole toothpicks.
Fruit Snake Recipe (yields 1 snake)
- 1 banana
- 3-5 strawberries
- 2 blueberries
- 1 toothpick, cut in half
- Slice banana.
- Set one whole strawberry aside. Slice remaining strawberries.
- Place strawberry slices between banana slices, alternating every other one.
- Remove strawberry hull from remaining strawberry. Place strawberry flat side down and slice a triangle wedge out of pointed end.
- Trim this wedge into one thin line, and place perpendicular inside strawberry opening.
- Place a blueberry on the end of each toothpick piece and stick the exposed ends on the whole strawberry above mouth slit.