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Kids Speak Up on Feeding Our Future...and Vote for Canned Chili!

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The Taste Test Pitted Processed Foods Against Bill Telepan's Fresh, Homemade Versions

The Taste Test Pitted Processed Foods Against Bill Telepan's Fresh, Homemade Versions

On today's installment of Feeding Our Future, host Bill Telepan didn't just talk about kids, he talked to three New York City public school students to find out what they think about cooking, school lunch, and eating well. 

Bill Telepan with, from left to right, Eli, Grace, and Leah

Bill Telepan with, from left to right, Eli, Grace, and Leah

Eli, Grace, and Leah reported that all kids love helping to bake chocolate chip cookies, that they would gladly eat school lunches if there were more fresh vegetables and fruit involved, and that having a salad bar in their school cafeterias would be the next best thing to being BFF with Justin Bieber.  In this clip, the kids divulge their favorite and least favorite foods.  

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The kids then did a blind taste test (stay tuned for video clips to come tomorrow!) comparing processed chili, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese against Bill's fresh, homemade versions to see which flavors really appeal to a kid's palate.  Listen to their reactions as they taste our two samples of chili and announce their favorite.

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Don't worry, Bill ended up getting two of of three wins in the end, handily defeating the processed mac and cheese and nuggets by unanimous votes.  I guess there's just something about hydrolyzed corn that makes chili great.

Next their parents competed in a quiz game that had them guessing how many ingredients went into a processed food-based peanut butter and jelly sandwich: 36 between the bread, the peanut butter, and the jelly, versus 9 using homemade versions of those three items.  Bill closed the show by recommending ten essential items to stock a parent's healthy food pantry.  His picks are...

  1. Peanut Butter - sandwiches or an anytime snack when slathered onto fruit, vegetables, or crackers
  2. Cheese - sandwiches, snacks, or added to pasta or eggs for omelettes and scrambles
  3. Apples - combine with items #1 and #2 for a heartier snack
  4. Whole Wheat Pretzels - snacks when only a carb will do
  5. Dry Cereal (without added sugar) - quick breakfast
  6. Beans - healthy source of energy to add to rice or make chili, can be soaked and cooked ahead to use in minutes
  7. Eggs - quick meal anytime
  8. Flour - add to item #7 , throw in a little baking powder, and you've got pancakes
  9. Canned Tomatoes - for pasta sauce, just add seasoning and olive oil
  10. Bread - because no kid hates a sandwich

Get caught up what Bill talked about with guests like Jonathan Waxman and White House chef Sam Kass earlier in this series with these recaps of episodes one and two, and tune in for replays of this show tonight at 7 pm ET, Saturday at 4 pm ET, and Sunday at 10 am ET.  Next week, tune in on Tuesday at 11 am ET to hear from chef, restaurateur, author, activist, and parent Alice Waters.   She'll tell us how her Edible Schoolyard program has brought better nutrition and better grades to participating schools across the country.

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