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Taste Test Breakfast

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.

Everyone Can:

  • Work with school nutrition professionals to choose healthy foods to try
  • Help choose a location for the breakfast picnic
  • Solicit community donations
  • Advertise the program
  • Create and distribute nutrition information to students
  • Encourage their friends and classmates to make healthy eating choices every day

Keep It Going:

  • Create a schedule and host your Taste Test Breakfast on a regular basis.
Conrad Weiser Middle School had a Breakfast Taste & Vote of hot oatmeal! Students had a choice of hot oatmeal plain, with brown sugar or blueberries! 41 students in the cafe sampled and then voted, 32 students liked it and only 9 students did not. All students preferred having fruit or brown sugar added to the oatmeal. Many students liked my suggestion of adding frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream to the oatmeal at home in the morning. (My favorite is butter pecan with maple and brown sugar oatmeal.) One student had never tried oatmeal before - and he loved it!
The students worked with the cafeteria manager to taste several different types of healthy breakfast foods to have every day during Breakfast in the Classroom!

TOOLS THAT CAN HELP

Donation Request Letter Template
Taste Test Tip Sheet
What Foods Can Do For You

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