Food for Thought: Jamie Oliver and School Nutrition
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“Imagine a world where children were fed tasty and nutritious, real food at school from the age of 4 to 18. A world where every child was educated about how amazing food is, where it comes from, how it affects the body and how it can save their lives” – Jamie Oliver
Anyone who is a fan of food and cooking has probably heard of world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver. If you’re really a fan, you’ll remember a few years back when Jamie hosted a program called Jamie’s School Revolution, where he went into both U.K. and American schools to change the way youth are fed. Both the U.K. and America schools systems were shockingly flawed. Government food guides were rarely followed, which lead to students being fed French fries as a source of vegetables. Jamie developed recipes, trained cafeteria staff and set up new ways to deliver this food to students, overall to great success.
This program was several years ago, and Jamie Oliver has not stopped improving upon the idea since. The chef was recently in Toronto to promote his Home Cook Heroes program, which is in partnership with Free the Children. The curriculum-based program would provide children ages 12-17 the necessary knowledge for basic home cooking and nutrition. The program is set to reach 500,000 people a year.
As we near the halfway period of the year, exams are approaching and students have less and less time to cook fresh food. Compare a day of eating mostly carbohydrates to a day of eating fresh healthy food. Too many carbs tire us out and negatively affect our mood, whereas fresh food inherently makes us feel better. What foods should I eat when studying, you ask? This is where we are here to help you out! Here are some nutrition tips to keep your brain in tiptop shape for exams:
- Always eat breakfast.
- Bananas, fish like salmon, blueberries and green foods are excellent for your brain!
- Eat vitamin-rich foods (vitamin chewables do not count).
- Choose tea or coffee over energy drinks.
- Stay hydrated—dehydration causes headaches.
And here are a few websites which can help you come up with quick and easy recipes!
- http://myfridgefood.com/ (Provides recipes based on what’s in your fridge!)
Source: The Sun