Monday, March 28, 2011
5th graders say "Hola" to veggie enchiladas during a classroom field trip to be Healthy Institute of Hamburg
One of Union Pleasant's 5th grade classrooms took a walking field trip to one of Hamburg's most innovative new businesses -- be Healthy Institute. The students took part in a hands-on culinary experience. They helped make fresh guacamole featuring avocado, tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro. They also tasted homemade corn tortilla veggie enchiladas filled with shredded summer squash, zucchini, carrots and black beans. They tried carrot, celery and apples freshly juiced by Jill Chiacchia, owner and founder of be Healthy. It was a delicious and healthy field trip!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
View a short film clip of 5 Union Pleasant Elementary students having fun cooking up some healthy veggie pizzas last month with celebrity mom, Angie Harmon.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
On Thursday evening, March 10, 2011, over 100 students and their family members joined Seeds of Living Education at Hamburg Central Middle School to taste many fresh delicious snacks before screening the film, “What’s on YOUR Plate?” This film follows the lively exploration by 2 eleven year old middle school girls from New York City. Like our students, these girls are curious and questioning about where exactly does their food come from. One thing for sure, we know where are food came for our Family Film and healthy Food Tasting Event -- fresh from the earth, alive with vital nutrients to nourish our bodies and mind made by the loving hands of our superb Food Service staff.
We feasted on a rainbow array of fresh garden veggies laid out in a colorful display with Hidden Valley® Organic Ranch as a companion dip. Other featured fresh offerings included quinoa veggie salad, fresh herb tabbouleh salad and a white bean barley salad. The event brought out families and their children ranging from kindergarten age through 7th grade. We also had 2 principals, the president and vice president of our school board and visitors from other Western New York schools districts.
Chipotle supplied a delicious abundance of freshly made corn chips, guacamole and salsa. BE Healthy Institute, our village’s newest nutritional and culinary business, provided on the spot freshly-juiced carrots, cucumbers and apples. We asked each person in attendance to think about one positive change they could take for their wellness when it comes to food and their diet. SOLE wishes to help awaken and engage students, their families and community in the food movement and process of well being and realizes that the incremental changes are the building blocks of true and lasting transformation.
This event was dedicated to our children and their natural curiosity and authentic and enthusiastic response to all of these food improvements and the larger food and wellness issue. They know what is best. We just need to provide the groundwork to make this change happen.
Our children are simply and profoundly dependent on we, the adults, to speak up for what is right and demand better for them and all of us. We all lead through example – that is the greatest lesson of all.
SOLE gratefully acknowledges the continuing support for The Giving Garden of Union Pleasant Elementary School from the makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings Love Your Veggies campaign. SOLE was chosen because of its proven dedication to nutrition education. SOLE will help Hidden Valley® Love Your Veggies™ launch the Great Veggie Adventure, a search for new, kid-approved vegetables in The Giving Garden this growing season.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Hamburg Schools Praised for Food-Food Celebrated at Family Film, Food and Fun Night at Hamburg Middle School
SOLE gratefully acknowledges the continuing support for The Giving Garden of Union Pleasant Elementary School from the makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings Love Your Veggies campaign. SOLE was chosen because of its proven dedication to nutrition education. SOLE will help Hidden Valley® Love Your Veggies™ launch the Great Veggie Adventure, a search for new, kid-approved vegetables in The Giving Garden this growing season including rainbow carrots, Romanesco broccoli, watermelon radishes and colorful party cauliflower.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Our SOLE Students Represent The Giving Garden and Cook Up Some Healthy Veggie Pizzas in New York City
Click on the link below to see our SOLE students at work in the kitchen in New York City with celebrity mom, Angie Harmon, and other children, making healthy veggie pizzas.