Student detectives will investigate issues such as food marketing to children, sugar-sweetened beverages and empty calories, portion distortion at fast food restaurants, and highly-processed foods. Each week, children will have a new culinary adventure in the kitchen—cooking up healthy snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Through Food Explorers, children will learn to examine their own food choices and to make smart decisions on how and what to eat.

Food Explorers was created by the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children and made possible by the CarMax Foundation.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that a can of Coke has almost 10 teaspoons of added sugar? Each additional sugary drink consumed per day increases the likelihood of a child becoming obese by about 60%.

Source: Ludwig DS, Peterson KE, Gortmaker SL. Relation between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: a prospective, observational analysis. Lancet 2001; 357: 505–08

Food Explorers Curriculum:
Facilitator’s Guide
Session 12345
Parent/Guardian Permission Slip
Detective Discoveries/Key Messages
Sugar Calculations

Complete Food Explorers Curriculum


Food Cards:
Portion Distortion Cards
Rethink Your Drink Cards

Food Explorers Recipes:
Powerhouse Pumpkin Muffins
Kickin’ Kale Chips
Adventurous Apple Slices
Superstar Smoothie
Mango Magic Smoothie
Blue Monster Smoothie
Sunrise Smoothie
Infused Fruit Waters
Seriously Good-For-You Scrambled Eggs
Hummus Veggie Wrap
Fiesta Wraps!
Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Partyin’ Pasta Salad