Organize a series of breakfast “taste test” days and invite students to try different healthy breakfast food options. Encourage all students to make healthy eating choices in the morning – every morning!
- Work with school nutrition professionals to create a sampling of nutritious breakfast food options. Feature nutrient-rich foods, especially fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
- Work with the principal to choose a convenient location for your taste tests—such as inside or outside the cafeteria, a lobby, outside the gym, outside the front doors or a courtyard.
- Request healthy food samples from local grocery stores and businesses. Use the Tools and Resources below to help you plan and gain support from the school and community.
- Spread the word about your taste tests. Put up posters in high-traffic areas, distribute flyers in classrooms, make morning announcements and advertise your program in the school newsletter and website.
- During taste tests, pass out information about healthy eating. With the help of your school nutrition professionals, give out nutritional information about why the foods you offer can help them look and feel their best.
- Ask classroom teachers to integrate nutrition education lessons on taste test days and to encourage participation. Use the resources below to help them.