This game will teach everyone how to make a healthy salad and it will have them out of their seats, moving and having fun, too!
Here is a way to make salads fun for the kids and play Twister Salad by Sean Tuohy.
WHAT YOU NEED:
On each posterboard, draw a pie with slices big enough to write in because you are going to write the letters nice and big so everyone can read them from far away. The number of slices you must draw is up to you- you will fill in each slice with a food name, but keep in mind that you must have an even number of pie slices. In each blank space you need to write down some type of salad fixing, alternating between healthy (a veggie of some kind) and then unhealthy (cheese, fatty salad dressing or bacon bits) slices next to each other. Ensure that the pies do not repeat foods- if you write “lettuce” on one, you cannot write it on the other.
A example should look like this:
Once you have put all the food products put the board you need to put down points that each is worth. The points are based on the balance between nutrient content and calories. Fatty items get 0 points while nutritious items like veggies and lettuce and lowfat dressings get 50 points.
Now that your game board is set up you need to put it on to a wall. After making two even teams of players, have them stand about five feet away from the board. The teams need to make a salad with a total calories for whatever amount you want, let’s say 500. Each player has one try to throw a dart at the board and to make the salad. Before the game begins, one player should be picked to throw last (hint: this should be the person with the best aim because they will be throwing from ten feet from the board and they will have only two tries).
The first three players go up and throw the dart and hit the board. They have to add together the calories from each food they hit.
After the last player has thrown the dart, twice, each team has to go and add up the total points they have gained. The team with a score closet to the 500 points is the winner.
By the end of the game the players should understand how to make a good, tasty, and healthy salad.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.