A Field Trip of Food and Fun

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This week we took the girls from two of our schools, Virgen and Miguel Grau, on a field trip with the theme of healthy eating!

We started off the trip by taking the girls to the San Blas market to buy ingredients. The San Blas market is our neighborhood market, and we love it. It’s much smaller than the famous San Pedro market in the center of Cusco, but it still has a great selection of food stalls and fresh produce for sale.

There’s an amazing variety of delicious fruits available in Cusco, so we let the girls pick out their favorites. We ended up buying apples, kiwis, mangos, papaya, bananas, and grapes. The girls really enjoyed selecting the ripest fruits to take home with us. We then also bought ingredients for guacamole: avocado, tomato, onion, and lime.

The girls were super helpful cutting up mangos, apples and kiwi

After our successful shopping trip, we walked with the girls to the nearby apartment where Adrie and I live. The girls had fun exploring our home while we washed and laid out the fruit. Once it was ready, everyone got to work peeling and chopping. As we prepared the fruit salad, we had a great conversation about why healthy eating is important. By the end of the discussion, we had such a huge pile of chopped fruit in front of us that Adrie and I thought we’d be eating fruit salad leftovers for days. Turns out we had underestimated the appetites of our girls (and how delicious the fruit salad was) because it didn’t take long for it all to disappear!

Shredding cheese for the tacos

When we finished the fruit salad, it was was time to make tacos. We had bought tortillas and rotisserie chicken in advance, and the girls helped us to prepare the guacamole. Soon everyone was constructing their own chicken tacos topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and cheese. It was a big hit all around, and not a scrap of food went to waste.

We wrapped up the field trip by handing the girls a “MyPlate” worksheet for a final discussion about healthy eating. MyPlate is a way to think about different categories of food. The girls sorted the foods we had eaten that day into each category (fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy), and we talked about additional factors, like why we had provided full grain tortillas instead of white tortillas. Overall, it was a great field trip full of fun, learning, and delicious food!

– Danielle

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