For the past two semesters, the University of North Dakota Student Association for Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) group was invited to partner with Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts to host two cooking classes. The first event took place on October 14, 2017 with Brownie Girl Scouts (grades 2-3) and the second event took place on February 3, 2018 with Junior Girl Scouts (grades 4-5). The classes were held in UND’s Nutrition and Dietetics brand new Foods Lab.
First, the Girl Scouts were divided into small groups and partnered with a mentor from SAND. Next, the mentor helped to guide them through the nutrition and cooking activities. These activities included:
Preparing a variety of foods,
Learning about MyPlate food groups and food allergies, and
Practicing proper hand hygiene while cooking.
The Brownies learned how to prepare foods including: vegetable pizzas, trail mix, smoothies and apple “doughnuts” to earn their Snack Badge. The Juniors cooked their own: French toast and berries, veggie stir fry, baked mini apple crisps, and cheesecake-filled strawberries to earn their Small Meals Badge. Other topics included MyPlate food groups, proper hand hygiene, and food allergies. The Juniors even dabbled in food science as they learned about emulsions by making - and eating - whipped cream!
Cooking with the Girl Scouts is an event that the Scouts and the SAND members not only learn from, but have a lot of fun completing.