This past Tuesday, our students learned how to prepare healthier versions of some of their favorite fast food treats! On the menu this week was savory Quinoa & Garbanzo Bean Veggie Burgers, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, and Skinny Cookies N Cream Milkshake.
Our Fixing Fast Food class began with our students making baked sweet potato fries. By baking the fries, they retain more of their nutrients and aren’t saturated with oil as they would if they were deep-fried. The potatoes were sprinkled with different spices that the students choose themselves. This is where the recipe became their own because they had a chance to decide what kind of flavors they wanted on their fries!
Next, we moved onto the Quinoa & Garbanzo Bean Veggie Burgers. Although these were not a classic beef hamburger patty, the meat wasn’t missed because the chickpeas are providing the protein that keeps you full without the extra fat and calories! Containing broccoli, onion, and mushrooms, these patties give you vegetables that your body needs because they contain countless vitamins and minerals including vitamin A and gut friendly fiber.
Finally, we ended the class on a sweet note with our Cookies N Cream Milkshake! Unlike the classic shake, ours is made with almond milk, vanilla Greek yogurt and frozen bananas in place of ice cream. Although Oreo cookies are featured in the drink, we did use the reduced fat version to keep it a little lighter on the calories. The yogurt has calcium and vitamin D, which are important for healthy bones and teeth. Our students agreed that this shake could be their new favorite, especially since they won’t have to feel as guilty finishing the whole thing!
Thank you to everyone that attended and we hope to see you for our last class of the year, Finals Fiesta, on Tuesday, April 18th at 5:15 pm inside Outdoor Adventures building of the Rec center.