I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:
Q/A: Define the term Staple Food?
A staple food (sometimes simply referred to as a staple) is a food that is eaten routinely, and in such quantities that it constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet in a given population, supplying a large fraction of the needs for energy-rich materials and generally a significant proportion of the intake of other nutrients as well. Most people live on a diet based on just a small number of staples.
Staple foods vary from place to place, but typically they are inexpensive or readily available foods that supply one or more of the three organic macronutrients needed for survival and health: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Typical examples of staples include tuber- or root-crops, grains, legumes, and other seeds. The staple food of a specific society may be eaten as often as every day, or every meal. Early agricultural civilizations valued the foods that they established as staples because, in addition to providing necessary nutrition, they generally are suitable for storage over long periods of time without decay. Such storable foods are the only possible staples during seasons of shortage, such as dry seasons or cold-temperate winters, against which times harvests have been stored; during seasons of plenty wider choices of foods may be available.
Q/A: Using this definition of a Staple food, write down 4 or 5 staple foods that you eat in your home.
for me — homemade granola—oatmeal with nuts
milk – mixed with Whey Protein
romaine for salads
Q/A: Let’s go back in time; what food not only was a Staple Food for workers/peasants but was considered as the fuel for the Industrial revolution?
Q/A: It is recommended that you should have approximately 3,500 – 4,000 mg of potassium a day. Which food has more mg of potassium?
Banana 594 mg
1 cup of carrots 689 mg
Baked potato 1,081 mg
1 cup of Spinach 839 mg
1 Tomato/1 cup of tomato sauce 909 mg
8 oz yogurt 579 mg
The potato came to Europe via The Spanish conquerors of Peru. The Incas of Peru revered the potato for its nutritional value and ease of growing. They even invented a natural way of freeze-drying it for storage. A person could survive and stay healthy on a diet of potatoes and milk. (I don’t recommend this now, but there was a time when that was all some people had.) A 2011 study published in 2011 by Nathan Nunn and Nancy Qian in the Quarterly Journal of Economics estimates that up to a quarter of the world’s population growth from 1700 to 1900 can be attributed solely to the introduction of the potato. “As Louisa May Alcott observed in the book “Little Men,” in 1871, “Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes”. It was Scotch-Irish settler began planting them 1719. First recorded recipe for mash potatoes appeared in 1747. Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing Americans to french fries at a White Hose dinner in 1802.
I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A. I use it for: