DON’T WORRY EAT HAPPY: EARTH DAY
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson. Meals on Heels by Mindy, a Healthy 100 business, was thrilled to partner with Park Maitland School and ECOBAGS® brand to help celebrate and educate children about the ever-important responsibility of taking care of our planet — together. Over 650 elementary school children, faculty, staff and parents joined in the school’s celebratory program which highlighted actions students and adult leaders can commit to practicing to help protect and conserve our planet for future generations.
The goal with our “Don’t Worry, Eat Happy” school program is to equip children with knowledge, food and fun that strengthens good choice making for mind-body-spirit excellence. Our themed Earth Day ECOBAGS Art Project included all 2nd-grade student participation. The winning design received an Earth Day food party for the prized student’s classmates and hands-on educational recipe seminar hosted by Mindy. After all, the kitchen is both a place of unity and classroom for education about food. The lessons learned (like eating rainbow colors for health) returned home and were shared with parents and the community where a constructive and proactive dialogue about local food systems and benefits of eating fresh ingredients became a natural part of kitchen table talk.
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EAT WELL. FEEL WELL. ENTERTAIN WELL.
LOVE your life!
CELEBRATE your culinary creativity!
PLAY with a renewed vitality!
Exercise! Breathe Fresh Air! Exhale Sunshine! Listen to INSPIRING TUNES WHILE COOKING!
Music, one of my daily culinary inspirations, is not just background noise…it is a way of life and joy in the kitchen!
Flowers are a colorful way to add fun to food. Although not all flowers are edible, those that are must usually be purchased from specialty produce markets or supermarkets that carry gourmet produce. They can be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator up to a week. Flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides (such as those found at florists) should never be eaten.
Some of the more popular edible flowers are: the peppery-flavored nasturtiums; chive blossoms, which taste like a mild, sweet onion; pansies and violas, both with a flavor reminiscent of grapes; and perfumy, sweet roses. Edible flowers turn the ordinary into the extraordinary…artful, playful, fun!
Here are some of my favorite edible flowers, Don’t Worry, Eat Happy!
CITRUS FENNEL AND FLOWER SALAD
Prepared in 10 minutes or less.
SPRING PEA MEDLEY IN LETTUCE CUPS
Prepared in 15 minutes or less.
GREEN MACHINE EARTH DAY SMOOTHIE
This vibrant and nutrient rich smoothie is packed with light and fresh Spring flavors. It also has rich anti-inflammatory compounds from pineapple as well as essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, from Chia seeds. Chia seeds also provide extra protein to boost your energy levels.
Place all ingredients in blender for 45 – 60 seconds. Liquefy and pour into cups. Enjoy with a colorful straw! Serves an 8-oz glass.