This month’s presentation ideas are all inspired by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, in celebration of the release of her new book, The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear -- with Fiber! Check it out today! Tanya Zuckerbrot is also the creator of the F-Factor diet and is the official dietitian for the Miss Universe Organization. To learn more, check out http://www.ffactor .com/.
Collect images of a wide variety of foods. You can use photos, drawings, plastic models, pictures from magazines, or even internet printouts. Make sure to collect a bunch of samples of foods that contain tons of fiber, as well as many foods that don’t contain much fiber at all. For example, a combination of pictures of apples, cookies, broccoli, chips, potatoes, fries, oatmeal, cereal, pineapples, oranges, and zucchini would be a great place to start.
After participants arrive, lay out a few pictures from your display of foods. As a class, discuss what the different foods have in common, eventually separating them into two distinct groups -- those with fiber, and those without fiber. Explain the health benefits of a diet rich in fiber.
Group participants into teams of 3-5 and have each time find a clear space in the room. Offer each team a pile of images of various foods and have them sort those foods into “full fiber” and “fiber lost” sections. Feel free to make this a competition, with prizes to the team that finishes accurately categorizing first, the team that works best together, etc.
Once everyone has finished dividing their foods, review each set with the class, answering any questions that arise as you go.
Variation: Instead of providing the images of foods, have your participants each draw pictures of 5 of their favorite foods. They can also sculpt them out of clay. Use these models for the activity above.
Tools: Looking for more guides to fiber-rich foods? Check out F-Factor’s High Fiber Cheat Sheet at http://www.ffactor.com/blog/detail/high_fiber_cheat_sheet, or try our Fiber Stars poster at http://nutritioneducationstore.com/products/-391-1.html.
Fiber is Your Friend
Before participants arrive, make two lists on a chalkboard or poster. The first list should contain a rundown of the key health benefits of a diet rich in fiber. The second list should contain a list of fiber-rich foods. After participants arrive, give them a few minutes to examine the lists. In small groups or as a class, have students guess the subject of each list. Offer prizes for correct answers.
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.