Minnesota students become Food Explorers

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation created the program two years ago to help students develop healthy eating habits.

EAGAN, Minn.—For 45 minutes each week, students in Jessica Busch’s class at Red Pine Elementary in Eagan are no longer just first-graders. Instead, when they don their white chef hats, they become Food Explorers, ready to touch, taste and smell foods that many of them have never tried before.

Last week, the students sampled “Superhero Salad,” a mixture of spinach, mozzarella cheese and apples topped with a homemade dressing made of orange juice, basil and honey.

The verdict: There were a lot more “oohs” than “ewws,” and nearly every kid liked it.