Note to Parents
On behalf of the Dietetics program at the University of Maryland, we would like to share with you an exciting opportunity for your child to participate in an educational and interactive summer camp. For our fifth year, we are offering The Healthy Eating Discovery Summer Camp. This summer camp is science-based curriculum coordinated by Dietetics students under the guidance of Dietetic Program Director, Dr. Margaret Udahogora, RD.
We will be accommodating 3rd-8th grade students in a 1-week session beginning July 29th through August 2nd. The day camp will be held on campus. Campers will spend the week learning about healthy eating, the science behind how your body utilizes food, and how to create a healthy meal with this knowledge! They will have access to a working kitchen laboratory and the materials to be creative with cooking and explore creating nutritious and delicious meals. Your camper will enjoy mini-cooking competitions, plating and preparing healthy food, scavenger hunts, growing their own herbs, and much more!
Campers will also take a field trip to our local farmer’s market discovering the ‘farm to table’ importance of agricultural understanding. Concluding our week, campers will participate in a mini ‘Chopped’ competition to showcase what they’ve learned during their time here. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend and cheer on their camper!
For additional information on the program and application process, please contact: HealthyTerpsCamp@gmail.com
Margaret Udahogora, PhD, RD
Dietetic Program Director
Juicing vs. Smoothie- Making Lesson
Campers learned the pros and cons to juicing fruits and vegetables. They were able to see that while juicing is a healthy way to get nutrients, there is fiber and other nutrition lost in the process. Making smoothies is also delicious and preserves the fiber!
Food Labels, Vitamins and Minerals
Campers participated in hands-on activities aimed to teach them about food labels, as well as the vitamins and minerals listed on these labels. They learned how to read the labels, as well as how to interpret the ingredients list.
Time for a field trip! Campers walked to the University of Maryland Farmers Market to pick out ingredients of their choosing. They were given a budget, and the goal was to purchase a variety of foods while staying under-budget with the help of the counselors. Campers then used these purchased foods to create their own recipes in the kitchen!
Campers discovered that healthy swaps can taste just as delicious in recipes, even when making dessert! In this activity, campers made three different brownie recipes: traditional, applesauce (to replace some of the sugar and fat), and avocado (in place of fat). Their favorite was applesauce!
Campers experimented with different pizza dough recipes, and had fun choosing different healthy toppings! The different doughs included white, whole wheat, and cauliflower crusts. The campers were hesitant to try the cauliflower crust, but ended up loving it! They learned that traditional pizza is not the only delicious option.
Where our Food Comes From
Campers learned the path food takes to get from the source to our mouths. They learned that even many of the simplest foods are processed to a certain degree, and that many foods travel very far to get to the grocery store.