Christina Green, is the Vice President of the Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association at Life University in Marietta, Ga. The SNDA is a student led organization that promotes nutrition education on campus, supports charitable activities such as volunteering in the community, and provides a social network for dietetic students. Green believes in the support the Foundation gives through scholarships to both students and professionals who are passionate about nutrition and education and wanted to give back in her own way by making a charitable contribution.
Green was able to rally fellow student members around a series of three bake sales held on campus and ended up raising $1,000 for the Foundation Scholarship Fund. The bake sales sold homemade foods made and donated by student officers and members. Each bake sale had a theme that recreated popular food dishes or snacks that were more nutritionally dense than their traditional counterparts.
“Sometimes people just need to see what can be done differently with food, smell it, taste it, and they may realize that nutritious foods do not need to be bland or dull. We also offered dishes and snacks that were gluten-free, vegan, and paleo for the diversity of diets on campus,” said SNDA President, Jennifer Baugh.
The first bake sale was themed “Chocolate Craze”, which sold chocolate-based desserts and snacks, using cocoa powder, minimal added sugar and dark chocolate. Items such as chocolate muffins had zucchini blended into the batter and milkshakes used almond milk, frozen bananas, and cocoa powder.
Their next bake sale “Brain Food” was held on exam week and focused on foods rich in Omega 3, and include such items as energy bars mixed with cocoa powder, oatmeal, natural peanut butter, bananas, chia seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, flax meal, and walnuts. Lastly, in the cold winter month of November, the “Comfort Foods” bake sale featured items such as a creamy hashbrown casserole blended with Greek yogurt and vegan mac and cheese.
“We are happy to contribute $1,000.00 to the Academy Foundation’s Scholarship Fund knowing that this will help fund further opportunities for students in the field of dietetics,” said Green.