Cook. Eat. Grow. at FoodChain

The Dairy Alliance partnered with Foodchain’s “Cook. Eat. Grow.” program to teach children dairy messaging during their “Dairy Week.” FoodChain is a nonprofit working in the heart of Lexington to forge links between the community and fresh food through education and demonstration of sustainable food systems. The Dairy Alliance’s Tracey True talked about included MyPlate and the importance of drinking milk with meals. She also gave examples of dairy foods and taught the group about nutrients provided in dairy foods. The children talked about why the nutrients in dairy are essential for a healthy diet. They also discussed how to enjoy dairy with a lactose intolerance. After the nutrition lesson, children learned how a dairy farm works by watching the Virtual Dairy Farm videos from The Dairy Alliance’s website. After learning about dairy nutrition and cow care, the group cooked Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese, utilizing butter, milk and cheddar cheese.

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