Giving talks at corporate events is such a powerful way to spread the word on how good nutrition can contribute positively to an employee’s health and well being and minimize sick days which ultimately leads to better productivity as well as boosting a company’s bottom line. Last week’s talk at the new Shoe.com headquarters in Charlestown event hosted by the Two Ten Foundation was a great turn out and an example of how much employees crave this type of info! The crowd was enthusiastic and receptive to the message – we dished on everything from secrets to optimal health and wellness, top nutrition myths revealed, quick easy healthy snacks on the go, and even had time to make one of my favorite dishes…sesame almond butter zucchini noodles…YUM..recipe here. I look forward to staying in touch with the audience to hear how they are moving forward on their wellness journeys. If you would like to arrange a seminar at your office reach out to HR, have them contact me!
Harvest day at the Kennedy Center in Charlestown was made complete with a visit from Fresh Truck, the mobile food market that makes shopping for fresh produce easier than ever with their convenient stops throughout the city of Boston. Think Market Basket Prices meet Amazon level convenience!! Families brought their kids and enjoyed making and sampling fresh smoothies, trail mixes as well as spiralizing zucchini aka “zoodles”. Each family received a free tote bag filled with recipes, a “zoodle” meal kit as well as a $10 voucher to shop the bus. Now that the truck is due to visit Charlestown weekly on Tuesday and Saturday we will most certainly be on the lookout to take advantage of this convenient way to bring healthy, nutrient dense foods to the neighborhood.
The 30 kids of Metro LAX lacrosse program at Chelsea High had a blast making smoothies, salads, dressing and eggs in a basket with Kids Cooking Green and Art of Healthy Eating today. Each teen had a chance to stop by various cooking stations and learn about the wholesome ingredients for the recipes and also help make it. I loved watching them concoct their own smoothie recipes from assorted frozen fruit yogurt and juice- they got really creative and seemed much more likely to try the drinks since they were in charge of making them!!
Last night, a few fellow health nuts and I attended a screening for the latest documentary by the Aussie health warrior Joe Cross at the Kendall Square theater in Cambridge, “The Kids Menu“. For an hour and a half, the audience was inspired by stories from across the country of educators, organizations, parents and children who were taking an active role in nutrition education and leading a healthy lifestyle. With over 60% of Americans now considered overweight/obese, and all the chronic diseases that are associated with carrying extra body weight (diabetes, cancer, heart disease just to name 3 of the 30 on the list) this is a public health crisis our society has never seen before. Our best defense against addressing, reversing, and preventing this epidemic is food, plain and simple. Joe Cross is an entertaining and genuine narrator, who during the film shares his own story of how being “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” (a previous documentary) had him tethered to multiple prescription meds and was woken up by the notion that diet and lifestyle could reverse the course of his life..armed with a juicer and pure motivation, he became a lean mean plant eating machine and today, travels around the world to share his story. The movie shared stories of hope and opportunity, with the spotlight on various schools from Coast to coast planting gardens, offering cooking and nutrition lessons, and embracing clean eating. The film is available April 1 for download and sharing with our respective communities- we are called by Mr. Cross to carry the torch and spread the good word…let’s join hands and contribute to the food revolution!!!
Meet Lucas, the adorable, inquisitive, energetic three year who joined me along with his fabulous family from the North End to make delicious and healthy edible snowman food art in class yesterday at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market. Our class is a fun way to introduce your picky eater to trying more fruits and vegetables in a creative and effective environment. Lucas definitely enjoyed making his three different snowmen out of oranges, cauliflower, and seed butter/coconut oats blend. Join us next month as we make edible festive heart shaped snacks in the spirit of Valentiene’s Day!!
Check out these all veggie turkeys edible food art snacks we made with the Kennedy Center this week! Carrots, celery, cucumbers and peppers made a fun and delicious snack when paired with hummus, and shaped like a turkey!! Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for generously donation all the produce. What makes this class special? Mainly…The kids gobbled up the produce! But add to that, eating the rainbow, using fine motor skills, exercising our creativity, and having fun too.
I had the pleasure of making these delicious and healthy wicked witches with over 70 1st grade students at my daughter’s school today. Ingredients were avocado, lime, carrots pepper black bean and blue corn chips. No junk, pure plant based nutrition that they gobbled up. Each child had a chance to help make the guacamole for the witch face, which included squeezing in some lime, sprinkling some sea salt and also mashing it up. They then assembled their festive witches with the remaining ingredients. “Cooking” as simple as this drives up a child’s interest in sampling new foods as this makes them feel more empowered and involved in the process. It is wonderful to see the impact this has on their likelihood to try and ultimately embrace fruits and vegetables.
We had a wonderful healthy treat making class at the Kitchen at the Boston Public market! Witches made from avocado, carrot and peppers, “boo”nana ghosts and clementine pumpkins were among the favored healthy treats. Fun, Plant based and delicious! Join us next month for healthy thanksgiving inspired treats!!
Join us Wednesday October 21 for a fun, festive edible art class for kids! We will use fresh produce to make a variety of treats that are delicious and healthy! Classes are offered to 3-5 year olds along with a caregiver from 9-10am and also 10:30-11:30. Hope to see you there! Click here for more info.