GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life Services, believes that starting the day with breakfast is crucial to student well-being and performance. But every parent knows that finding nutritious options that kids will actually eat can be hard—so Sodexo consults with next-gen culinary experts.
For the 2016 Sodexo Future Chefs: Healthy Breakfast Challenge, elementary school students from Sodexo-served school districts across the United States created breakfast options that kids (and even adults) can enjoy. Now in its sixth year, the Sodexo Future Chefs program encourages better eating by actively involving students in good nutrition.
Out of nearly 2,500 entries from students, these five Future Chefs Healthy Breakfast Challenge national finalists are leading the way in creating fun, healthy, tasty meals:
Madysun Christensen, Granite School District in Salt Lake City, UT; Boil-in-a-Bag Omelet
Ella Dettloff, Old Bridge Township Public Schools in Old Bridge, NJ; Sweet Potato Pancakes with Grilled Pineapple
Rivka Guzman, Mukilteo School District in Mukilteo, WA; Coconut Apricot Energy Balls
Qui-Raun Pressley, Georgetown Independent School District in Georgetown, TX; Bobcat Breakfast Tart
Isabelle Sarkody, Woodhaven-Brownstown School District in Woodhaven, MI, Egg-Cellent Breakfast Cupcakes with Yake Yogurt Bites & Gator Green Smoothie
Students participating in the program represent 1,300 Sodexo-served elementary schools in 233 school districts and 28 states. A panel of judges reviewed the recipes and evaluated them based on the originality, presentation, ease of preparation, kid-friendliness and healthiness. Programs like Future Chefs are part of Sodexo's commitment to health, well-being and support for the school districts and communities it serves.
Sodexo is committed to taking measurable sustainable actions that ensure a brighter future in the areas of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community development. The Future Chefs program is one of the many ways Sodexo shares its health and well-being expertise with the clients, customers and communities it serves. Another example is Sodexo's use of research-based principles recommended in the Smarter Lunchroom Movement – developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs – to equip primary and secondary school lunchrooms with tools to improve the eating behaviors of children.
Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.
Learn more about the company at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights. Also, join the Sodexo Future Chefs social media conversation by using the hashtag #SDXFutureChefs in related Tweets and posts.