“Are we going to make healthy things again this class?”
This was the first question I got at the last Flour Children class.
“Well, yes we are.” I replied. “However, healthy doesn’t mean it’s not going to taste good…”
The boy looked at me like I was crazy.
Why do we do this? Associate health with bad taste? In Flour Children classes we do indeed create healthy recipes. That does not mean that the food we make isn’t completely delicious. I like when the kids understand this by the end of the class. When they see that they spent an hour prepping vegetables and fruits and flavorful sauces, and then at the end the combine these “healthy” ingredients and enjoy their meal thoroughly, though completely unexpected. That makes me happy!
Here are some pictures from the last class we did at the Point Loma library. We made pesto pasta salads using whole wheat cous cous as a base. We made two different pestos: A classic basil pesto with pine nuts and then a parsley pesto with almonds. Both were enjoyed by Flour Children and their parents. Of course, we made sure to top the salads with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. It was a healthy snack, sure. But was it delicious, too? Oh yes it was.
I cannot wait for Sunday- a bike to the market event at the Hillcrest Farmers Market! Safe Moves San Diego will be teaching kids about safe bike riding, we’ll have a free bike corral, and the Hillcrest Trolley will be running too! http://safemoves.org/
What a great way to incorporate exercise AND healthy eating into a fun weekend…
See you there!
Let’s face it. Snacks are important to keep our energy at optimal levels throughout the day. Smaller meals and snacks in between can be ideal for kids… if they are the right snacks.
I promote fruit and yogurt parfaits and smoothies… also, acai bowls are delicious, like the one above from the Hillcrest Farmers Market. You can buy acai at Sprouts or Peoples co op in OB… acai is a delicious super fruit from the Amazon. Either way, granola atop yogourt or a smoothie is a great snack to keep energy high, without the sugar crash.
Here is an article I found that may be of help when it comes to Smart Snacking. Enjoy!
Here’s a fun event for you and your Flour Children to check out!
Earth Fair at Balboa Park...
There you’ll find traditional conservation organizations, wildlife preservation groups, products made from natural and organically grown crops, organic gardening information, alternative energy vehicles, ecotourism opportunities, many alternative and traditional health care products and services, pet adoption services, clean air and clean water products, rainforest preservation groups … the list goes on and on.
In our Children’s Activity Area you’ll find crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, and a hands-on activities for children of all ages. Activities are intended to educate, entertain and inspire youth, in the spirit of Earth Day. This year, participants will learn to make paper, find out about recycling, make gift cards from recycled materials, and learn how to visit wild areas without disturbing the environment. Our Children’s Stage features youth-oriented performances throughout the day.
Hope to see you there!!!
Olivewood Gardens asked Flour Children to be the guest chef at another of their great events. I was thrilled! I have written about their incredible garden and kitchen before… it is truly incredible. Kids have a chance to really learn about where their food comes from, they learn about compost, and then they get to put on their chefs hats and create something delicious.
The Kids in the Kitchen event rotates the kids between 5 stations, three of which are cooking. Besides making peanut butter avocado smoothies and avocado corn salads, they came over to my station to create their very own granola mix. They topped plain yogurt with their granola and fresh fruit of choice- and devoured their creation. It was so much fun to see the different mixtures that came together!
Fruit and granola parfaits are one of the five Flour Children Introductory Classes. When I teach it, I specifically focus on food as medicine. Something like a fruit and granola parfait does as much for your taste buds as it does for your body. It prevents and heals what ails you.
Come learn how to make granola parfaits with Flour Children! Check our class schedule…