Team Nutrition Cooks

Last Published: 02/25/2019

Team Nutrition Cooks! (TNC) is a series of cooking-based nutrition activities for out-of-school and afterschool programs, for children around ages 8 to 12 years old. These activities can spark children’s interest in trying new foods and help empower them with skills for independence. Cooking can also help kids become more interested in making healthy food choices that can help build and support good eating habits throughout their lifetime.

Team Nutrition Cooks! contains five modules, and each module is centered around a kid-friendly recipe that can be prepared at your afterschool or out-of-school program site. Step-by-step instructions for each module are included in this Activity Guide. Modules can be done in any order you choose, and you can spread them out over the course of a week, month, or year.

Availability: Printed materials are available only to schools, childcare providers and summer meal programs participating in one of USDA’s Child Nutrition programs. To request printed materials, click on "Order in Print" below the resource and allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. All are welcome to download these materials and make copies. If you have difficulty opening any of these files in your Internet browser, please right-click on the link and “save target as…” to download.

Team Nutrition Cooks! Materials

  • Activity Guide for Instructors and Staff
  • Family Handouts for Parents and Families
  • Skills Videos for each Recipe

Team Nutrition Cooks! Activity Guide

Activity Guide

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Team Nutrition Cooks! Applesauce


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Team Nutrition Cooks! Scramble Eggs With Spinach

Scrambled Eggs With Spinach

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Team Nutrition Cooks! Corn and Zucchini Pancakes

Corn and Zucchini Pancakes

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Team Nutrition Cooks! Grain Bowls

Grain Bowls

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Team Nutrition Cooks! Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing

Salad With Vinaigrette Dressing

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