Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) students are going to experience a ‘Mood Boost’ at lunch this week. Chartwells Food Service is hosting a three-day program that includes new menus that features exciting and delicious mood-boosting ingredients.
“This program is designed to help students make the connection between what they eat and how they feel,” explained Oscar Valtierra, Director of Dining Services. “Mood Boost is part of our effort to create a fun food environment to ensure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than when they came in.”
The program includes new lunch menus, fun activities and a collection of characters called “Moodies”, that help students recognize their different moods: Alert, Calm, Confident, Happy, Smart and Strong. Giveaways include collectible trading cards that feature the Moodies, information about key ingredients supporting each mood and recipes kids and families can make at home, plus raffles and other goodies.
According to Valterria, emerging research has shown that the foods we eat the most often have an effect on how we feel, not just physically, but mentally. Mood Boost foods, especially nutrient rich fruit and vegetables, can help to elevate a person’s mood and enhance a sense of well-being.
The mood boost tastings include Moroccan Chicken and Kale bowl (Alert); Kale Caesar salad with Farro and Chickpeas (Calm); Veggie Sushi Bowl (Confident); Szechuan Chicken Grain Bowl (Smart); Maple Pork Barley Bowl with Sweet Potatoes (Strong); and Jerk Chicken Mango Salad (Happy).
For more information, go to https://www.chartwellsk12.com/.