One of my favorite nutrition education tools is the “no thank you” bite.*
The idea is this: you have to take one bite in order to earn your “no thank you.” After one little nibble, you may politely raise your hand and ask for permission to throw away your sample. Emphasis on politely–no “yuks” or “gross!”
It totally works.
I can’t tell you how many times a student has confidently told me that he or she does NOT like what I’m about to serve. I remind them of the “no thank you bite” rule, they try it, and then they ask for seconds.
In my classes with K-2 students, we are focusing on the six edible parts of the plant. Last week we were on “flowers” so we sang the Banana Slug String Band song, did stretching exercises to review the six parts, talked about cauliflower farming and roasted cauliflower with olive oil and salt in the portable oven. Again, I made converts with this simple technique. Even better, I’ve had many parents tell me that their students have brought this idea home, insisting that siblings take their “no thank you bite” at the dinner table!
*Thank you to Olivewood Gardens for this great tip!