Pork Chops, Asparagus and Calorie Awarness

Part of this Learning Project is about healthy eating.  Trying to convince my daughters to eat a variety of vegetables can be challenging.  I wanted to try and get them to eat some asparagus as well as try and make something work with kale.  My daughters will not eat kale in a salad (I don’t blame them) so I used this kale chips recipe.  I thought that they tasted alright but no go on the girls eating them.  I will keep trying new recipes for kale because every health magazine/ fitness blog says you gotta eat kale.


For supper I made pork chops, oven roasted potatoes/asparagus/carrots.  I barbecued the pork chops using this recipe.

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There was a complete boycott on the asparagus by both of my food critics but I can attest that it was really tasty.  All you have to do is cook it the same way as the kale from the above recipe.  Here are the girls reaction to the meal.

The other part of this Learning Project has to do with overall healthy eating.  What is unfortunate is that people assume that everyone just knows what is healthy and what is not.  I saw this video on Facebook that shows what 200 calories look like and it is amazing how much healthy food you can eat in comparison to unhealthy food.  This is important to middle years teachers because the health curriculum wants you to delve into this by using Canada’s Food Guide.  Now I have nothing against Canada’s Food Guide, but it is pretty boring and it gets stuffed down students throat in primary years, so by grade 7 I found that the kids were really sick of it.  I found that Kahoot had a lot of quizzes already made which really made formative assessment fun in the classroom and took literally no work.  With the issues of childhood obesity in Canada I really feel that these outcomes need a lot of focus and it is making this learning project morph into something more then just improving my poor cooking.  It is making me think of how I can implement more nutrition and healthy living into the everyday lives of my future students…




2 thoughts on “Pork Chops, Asparagus and Calorie Awarness

  1. kaylaonu

    I really love that your focus for your learning project is not only to better yourself, but your children as well! The cute video updates are adorable & a helpful way to see your progress and your kid’s reactions/opinions. I agree with what you said about the food guide and I really do think that the way it is presented in schools often comes out in a negative way. There is so many fun things you can do with the food guide, in addition to explaining to students that it isn’t a ‘follow this guide and nothing else’ sort of plan- it is simply a guide that can be made into so many wonderful, healthy and YUMMY things with the right practice! Have you ever had any experience teaching the food guide? What are your daughter’s thoughts if they have had any experience with it in school as well? I was interested in this, and did some exploring on TPT! Check out this link for some really good resources in teaching the food guide in an effective way https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:canada%20food%20guide
    Good luck with the rest of your project, it looks great so far!


    1. Andrew Gerrand Post author

      Thanks Kayla. I will definitely take a look at the food guide stuff in more detail. At first glance it looks like there are some good handouts for formative assessment.



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