On April 22nd Jefferson Park participated in Earth Day. Each classroom was given the task of creating a garden box from a seek or seedling. Some of the classes grew seedlings on their own for weeks by putting dirt and seeds in little cups and leaving them by the window to sprout. We had a range of plants in the garden when earth day arrived, from daisies, pumpkin, cucumber, sunflowers, corn, spinach, lettuce and various other types of vegetation. The children got the opprotunity to taste the fruits of their labor as the months went by. Ever think about starting your very own garden? It is a great way to introduce children to the growing process while teaching them to eat good that is healthy. Many of our parents reported back saying their children were now fascinated in eating more vegetables. Here is a quick DIY video for how you too can start your own garden.
On Thursday, March 21st our director rolled up her sleeves and showed the families and staff members how to prepare a healthy delicious meal. Ms. Rouse talked about the importance of incorporating fresh vegetables and fruits into each meal. She also emphasized the importance of eating "whole foods" foods that were closest to their natural state. Ms. Rouse dispelled the rumors about eating healthy being more expensive, all the ingredients in the dish that was prepared were less then $10.
She talked about how to be a good healthy example to their families and how making simple healthy choices daily would result in dramatic changes down the light. The dish that was prepared was Vegetable Brown Rice Risotto.
3 cups cooked brown rice, 2 cups cubed cooked tofu, 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup red peppers, 2 cups zuchinni, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup dill, 2 Tbs safflower oil, 1 Tbs Tropical* Sazon, 1 can coconut milk
1. Saute all the veggies together in a fry pan with the oil until veggies are tender
2. Add in tofu and brown rice and stir on medium-high heat
3. Lastly add in coconut milk and Sazon spice and stir for a few minutes