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Let’s be real. When it comes to schools raising funds, bake sales are still winning. Because funding is not as plentiful as it could be, using bake sales as a way to make extra money is the go-to option for most schools. Athletic teams, debate clubs, and the Parent-Teacher Association use bake sales to come up with extra funds for a variety of school-based needs. But given the newest changes to the federal guidelines when it comes to food served at schools, the menus at many have changed. There are fewer calories and sweets being served and more healthy food options available.
While bake sales are usually made up of home-cooked and baked goods for purchase, the items are generally still full of sugar and salt. Cupcakes and brownies are a favorite but no matter how you dress them up, they are still high in sugar and calories. To help schools stick with the new food guidelines in schools, Bolthouse Farms came up with a great idea for fundraising. They introduced the UnBake Sale, the healthy alternative to a traditional bake sale. The UnBake Sale starter kit consists of items made of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy things that can be tweaked into really cool snacks for people to purchase.
From fruit salad to apple and grape panda bears to watermelon pizza, the possibilities for an UnBake Sale menu are almost endless. Taking fresh fruits and vegetables and turning them into cool edible creations is key when trying to make an UnBake Sale pop. And parents are excited to have healthier snacks being served at school. Bringing something like the UnBake Sale into institutions as a fundraising option is the perfect way to help promote healthy eating. Imagine how easy it could be to sell fruits and vegetables disguised as yummy fruit bugs and dinosaurs. Kids don’t miss a trick, but the UnBake Sale is a great way to”trick” them into making healthy choices when it comes to snacking.
Making the transition away from cookies and cupcakes may seem like a difficult task but it’s really pretty simple. Not only is it easy but some of the products are cheaper to purchase and prepare. With the help of local farmer’s markets, products are more readily available for purchase to help make this happen. When the campaign first kicked off, Bolthouse Farms offered the first 100 schools to sign up the UnBake Sale starter kit to help them get started. The UnBake Sale website is chock full of helpful tips and delicious recipes that will assist you in making the UnBake Sale a successful event at your child’s school.
Schools all over the country are making the switch from bake sales to UnBake Sales to participate in the healthy food initiative. Ultimately, healthy eating starts at home, but the UnBake Sale is a sure way to make it look cool at school. This is an excellent way to transition away from the unhealthy and steer children in a healthier diet direction.
Check out The UnBake Sale for the UnBake Sale toolkit, recipes, and ideas on how to get an UnBake sale started at your school.
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