Sensational and healthy, too

Ruby Maier with her healthy creation at the Coffs Coast Growers Market.
Ruby Maier with her healthy creation at the Coffs Coast Growers Market. Bruce Thomas

KIDS munched a healthy selection of carrot and celery sticks while they mapped out their “sensational sangers” design at the Coffs Coast Growers Market today.

The special sandwich activity was part of the Healthy Kids Eat Healthy Food campaign encouraging kids to opt for fruits and vegetables at a young age.

There were dried fruits on hand and fresh produce sourced straight from the market for kids to craft their sensational sangers.

The result looks similar to the fruit and vegetable creation in the “Go for 2 and 5” campaign, with the addition of high fibre, low GI bread, donated by Bakers Delight.

To make her sandwich face, Ruby Maier opted for carrot hair, cucumber eyes, capsicum lips and dried banana chips for teeth while her young sister contently watched while crunching cherry tomatoes.

Market co-ordinator Jan Rooney said she hoped to make the activity (in its second year) an annual event.

“The children plan and draw their face first before getting the ingredients and assembling,” Ms Rooney said.

“When they are done we take a photo and the winning sensational sanger will win a hamper.

“Last year we made sprout men and talked about favourite foods and the different ways to eat them and next Thursday there will be a seed planting workshop.”

North Coast Health Promotion’s Pam Johnson said the healthy kids’ campaign was more about fostering a love for fresh food than the science of it.

“Research shows that the more kids are involved in shopping for, preparing and cooking their food, the more they want to eat it, so it’s important to get them involved and eating healthy,” Ms Johnson said.

And proving her point, once the kids finished making their sandwiches they rolled them up and ate them.

On Thursday, April 21, in partnership with Me-Healthy Farm, the market will encourage kids to grow their own food by running junior seed-planting workshops.

To get involved, head to the Coffs Coast Growers Market from 11am to 1pm.

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