Health and Nutrition at FlexSchool

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FlexSchool is a strong believer in healthy minds and bodies so this week’s FlexFriday reflected both with our special guest Maria Claps.

Health and Nutrition

Continuing with our health and nutrition theme, a nutritionist visited us today and whipped up some tasty treats!  Maria, a health consultant with her own practice called Nourish and Flourish, showed the students how to make a meal in a smoothie and perfect the minute muffin in the microwave.  She gave a brief talk about the three elements needed for a satisfying and healthy meal:  fat (yes, fat!), protein, and fiber.  We learned that avocados have fat, that peanut butter is a great source of protein, and that just an apple may not be the best snack.  Maria showed how to make both a lactose-free smoothie and a whey protein-based one.  The students learned that our bodies naturally make carbohydrates, so no, you don’t really need to eat pasta or breads, even though they’re totally yummy.  Maria talked about maintaining a steady level of insulin so we don’t crash and so that we can avoid getting “hangry,” or hungry and angry.  

The second snack the students helped Maria prepare was a “Minute Muffin” which had coconut based ingredients and could be prepared in a single container and microwaved in that same container.  We want our students to be healthy holistically and good nutrition is part of maintaining a balance.  We won’t have a FlexFriday program again until December since we’re on break next week for Thanksgiving.  Happy Holidays everyone and we’ll regroup next month for Mindfulness Training.

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Tiki Love Farm

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One of our goals at FlexSchool is to engage with the community, and this time it wasn’t all fun and games when the students got their hands dirty (literally) and suited up with gloves, hammers, and other tools during our visit to the Tiki Love Farm.

FlexSchool heads Outdoors

On Friday the 13th, we visited Tiki Love Farm, home to many local fun furry friends!  Before heading over, the students had a science study hall session in preparation for the trip.  We met a miniature horse, Eve, and her 2 month old baby, Sweet Tiki Love. Barney, a retired horse in his late twenties, was relaxing after a long career. The animals loved basking in the sun on the crisp autumn day and playing with their FlexSchool friends.  One of our goals at FlexSchool is to engage with the community, so it wasn’t all fun and games while we were there. Students got their hands dirty (literally) and suited up with gloves, hammers, and other tools.  They creatively deconstructed and then re-purposed wooden pallets to make a small bench and chair (for the animals, of course).  While some students worked, others walked and we noticed an abandoned fox hole.  The goats, Cassie and Snow White, seemed to enjoy our presence even though they are both pregnant with multiples.  And some of our students couldn’t keep their hands off the chickens, Potato, Mufasa, and Simba, among others.  The coop housed a recent deposit in the form of an egg from one of the hens, but we left it there to help encourage the others to lay their eggs.  We hope to visit again during our spring “fresh air” month when the new baby goats make their appearance as there are fun trails to walk along.  

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At FlexSchool, we build our curriculum around providing all around high-quality educational experiences for our students. Visit https://flexschool.net