Latinx Coalition: My Plate

Are you struggling with eating healthy at home? Finding it difficult to manage portions or to you’re your food groups?

Milagro Minch from the MSU extension came to the Southwest Community Campus to teach us about My Plate. She helped us look at food labels and to understand their content—sugar and corn syrup have so many different names on labels! As a group, we had to sort food into their My Plate groups—are beans a protein or a grain?

To help us understand the importance of eating whole grains, she did an experiment with orange juice representing stomach acid, and compared how whole-grain or wonder bread held up in the stomach. The white bread fell apart almost immediately, which is why it doesn’t keep us full as long.

We also made a delicious snack in addition to the food the GSPC provided -a delicious breakfast with conches, fresh fruit, and oatmeal. In addition, we had the tamales from Ebenezer’s Bakery.

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Funding from the Office of Great Start within the Michigan Department of Education supports the implementation of Great Start.