My SRP 2013 – Day 43

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to a fun-filled weekend of golf, biking and running. While I try to keep active, no amount of exercise seems to make up for the abundance of summer goodies that I don’t have the willpower to resist. Every time I turn around, there’s a BBQ, dinner plans or some other fun activity that revolves around food. I’m definitely feeling the effects and decided to attend the Parent-Child Cooking class at Charles B. Washington Branch yesterday afternoon in hopes of learning some new, healthy food options to get me back on track!

The class was part of a series that has been offered every Thursday at 2 p.m. at Washington Branch during Summer Reading Program. The series is presented by UNL Extension‘s Nutrition Education staff and is designed to be fun and interactive, as well as educational and delicious! It certainly lived up to its billing. Parents and children gathered to first learn how to keep food safe from bacteria. Did you know that bacteria doubles every 20 minutes? Using the example of pizza, individuals were asked how long a cooked pizza could sit out before it would become potentially harmful to eat. The answer was two hours. We also learned about cross-contamination and how to prevent it, and even learned about the proper way to thaw and cook meat. While informative, this wasn’t the most fun part. Near the end of the class, all students had the opportunity to make trees out of fruit and then eat them! It turns out that fruit isn’t very architecturally sound, but everyone had fun anyway. I included some pictures below, and you can see more on OPL’s Flickr page. Enjoy, and think about joining us for the next session (7/18, 7/25). Have an excellent weekend!

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