HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM
HELLO & HAPPY SATURDAY!!
I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to with the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food!!
WHO THEY ARE
Most of us equate public school lunches with mystery meat and greasy eats, but NYCHSF is here to change all that!!
NYCHSF is a statewide nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of NY students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, including local and organic where possible.
WANTING TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NYCHSF?!
READ ANOTHER POST HERE
Family dinner night is an event they host at schools to spread the message of consuming a plant based diet and limiting processed foods. We discuss everything from sugar content to comparing plant versus meat protein!! This past Family Dinner Night I had the opportunity to develop a table on global warming and discuss both the causes and effects today. Through using an apple, we were able to visually show both parents and students realistically the amount of quality soil that is available to grow crops on today. We were also able to visually show the amount of land needed for cows to graze versus the required amount of land to produce an abundance of fruits and veggies!! The parents and especially the students were very receptive to the idea that a plant based diet is good for both us and the environment.
Through providing this information our goal is to foster and promote plant based food choices in both the cafeteria and at home
Non Dairy Sampling
Meat vs. Animal protein
(I’m working on developing more, to be cont’d)
Layers of sweet potato, black beans and millet over steamed greens with country gravy
After the family dinner night commenced we were able to sit down for a vegan dinner provided by Candle 79!! We started off with this amazing dish called the Paradise Casserole that was MAGICAL!! This dish was so amazing that I didn’t even get to take a full picture before I devoured it lol!! This slice or paradise was comprise of sweet potatoes, black beans, and millet!! It sounds like a strange mix, but if you put all them together it was quite flavorful, quite impressive!!
After the sensationable casserole then came the amazing vegan cherry cobbler. This looks like the standard cobbler, I can’t even remember the last time I had one, but it must have been back in Georgia (I’m a southerner)
but this cobbler..
was rich, flavorful, colorful, and more “REAL” tasting than any other cobbler I have ever encountered before in my many years of existence..
WHAT ELSE DOES CANDLE 79 HAVE?!
Over the past few weeks I’ve worked with the Coalition for Healthy School Food to visit PS146 up in East Harlem to assist with their Meatless Monday lunch day!! We documented what the students chose for lunch with the additional option of a PBJ sandwich. Did they choose the healthy option?! Why did they choose it?! Was there something about the veg option they didn’t particularly like?
Through answering these questions we’re better able to assist in improving our program, making it better, and at the end of the day making the students happy and more importantly..
The idea of Meatless Monday is to give students a break from meat products and give them the opportunity to choose healthier options that are outside the typical PBJ and cheese sandwich.
One week we served burritos with brown rice and a whole wheat pita, which was topped with the above (chickpeas, black beans, and tomato’s) as well a some cheddar cheese!!
The burrito was huge, filling, and offered whole grains, and a lot more nutrients than the typical, sad, antiquated, pb&j
I PERSONALLY.. LOVED IT!!
My favorite Meatless Monday was the falafel day!! These falafels were fresh, warm, flavorful, and served with a whole wheat pita and a homemade spicy sauce to go on top!!
Students also had the option of topping off their veg sammies with tons of fresh veggies from the salad bar!!
WHAT DID MOST OF THE KIDS GO FOR ON THE SALAD BAR?!
CORN & PICKLES
For those of you wondering if ice cream, chips, and processed goods are offered at this particular school.
The answer is actually.. no
There are not processed foods, but there is always fresh fruit in addition to the salad bar!!
At PS146 they offer no sodas, but juice, milk, and water, which a lot of the students actually opted for.
We recently hosted our Art with a Purpose fundraiser at the Rush gallery owned by Russel Simmons and it was a such a beautiful experience to be a part of!! We had vegan vendors, musicians, artists, and tons of passionate guests who came to support the cause and the efforts of the Healthy School Food organization.
Here’s a few of the awesome/amazing interns from the organization!!
Love these gals!!
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE PAINTINGS FROM THE EVENT AT RUSH GALLERY!!
WE SOLD MANY WORKS OF ART THAT HELPED TO BENEFIT THE COALITION FOR HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD!!
IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!
MY FAVORITE PART OF THE NIGHT?!
I DISCOVERED THE VEGAN MAVENS KEY LIME PIE ICE CREAM!!
I’m not a HUGE vegan ice cream person, I just don’t usually crave it, and if I do, I make it myself, but THIS key lime pie ice cream..
WAS BETTER THAN ANY DAIRY OR NON DAIRY ICE CREAM I’VE EVER HAD!!
The texture was identical to a rich creamy ice cream, tasted like REAL lime, and had chunks of cookies in the mix..
This company was launched only in March of 2013 and they are already in 50 small boutique grocery stores around Manhattan.
If you see the Key Lime Pie..
STOCK UP LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW
(PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED IT WILL UNDERSTAND)
CURIOUS WHERE YOU CAN GET SOME?!