On Sunday, Sept. 9, Whole Foods Market will donate $1 for every pound of food purchased at its salad and hot food bars in its Southern Pacific region stores. Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona and Las Vegas Stores are all participating to help put local salad bars in their schools!!
How amazing is that? We have to find a healthier way to feed our children at school. No more “ketchup is a vegetable.
My Children have been eating salad since they were able to chew. They really do ask for salad at lunch and dinner ( I always give in, because I simply can’t say… I am too tired to make it!). I’ve found that a good way to make it even easier is that I chop up lettuce early in the week and place it tightly in a ziplock bag with paper towel.. They love Romaine and Arugula.. and then add all kinds of veggies.. Their list? Baby Tomatoes, Carrots, Zucchini ( which they prefer raw), Broccoli, Peppers and Cucumbers… sometimes we add Jicama and Celery! They really enjoy adding cranberries and nuts and often will ask for the “lemon dressing”.. get this it is 4 ingredients.. lemon, a splash of olive oil or coconut oil salt and pepper.
We are genuinely local shoppers at Whole Foods and am so impressed with their WHOLE KIDS Foundation… “The Whole Kids Foundation’s mission is to improve children’s nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic. We aim to help children reach their full potential through the strength of a healthy body”. It truly is amazing to see local organizations working hard to make a change!
We had a chance to get the inside scoop on icarly Star Reed Alexander, who is a 17-year old self-trained chef and is taking an active role in educating our younger generations about making healthy lifestyle choices via his food website, www.KewlBites.com and his work with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (founded by the William J. Clinton Foundation & American Heart Association).
After struggling with his weight as a busy teen star, Reed’s passion for creating a healthy lifestyle led him to begin experimenting in the kitchen, and writing his own recipes! Balancing auditions, media appearances and school, Reed’s schedule is comparable to that of a busy parent; hence his recipes are catered to those with little time in the kitchen.
what you need:
• 1 whole-grain flatbread • 1 ¼ cups of mixed greens • ¼ cup of toasted walnuts • 2 Tablespoons of dried cranberries • ¼ cup of fresh sliced pears • 1 ½ Tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese • Olive Oil
what to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. 2. Lightly brush whole-wheat flat bread with olive oil to coat and place in oven for 3 to 5 minutes to toast until crispy. Set aside. 3. Toast walnuts in a pan onto of medium flame. Set aside. 5. In a bowl, mix together the mixed greens, walnuts, dried cranberries and pears. 6. Pour a light coat of raspberry Vinagrette dressing over mixed salad mixture and mix together. 7. Layer salad mixture on top of toasted flatb and sprinkle crumbled goat cheese on top. 8. Serve and Enjoy!
Raspberry Vinagrette Dressing:
• 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil • Sea salt, to taste • Raspberry Vinagrette • Honey, to taste
what to do:
Pour all ingredients in a bowl, wisk together and serve!
*Disclaimer Whole Foods Reached out to us to spread the word on their campaign. It is a sponsored post but all recipes and opinions are our own.