Happy Friday! Try this Broccoli and Cauliflower Confetti Salad from our CookShop team as a tasty side or have it as the main attraction for your next healthy meal!
Chef Max has prepared a festive dish that is perfect for your family and friends this holiday season!
Prep Time: 20 min | Cooking Time: 35 min. + chilling | Yields: 16 Servings
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 large tart apples, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/3 bunch of Cilantro
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Directions: In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Carefully stir in the cranberries, apples, onion, raisins, brown sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold. Yields: 4 cups
FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY TEAMED UP WITH BROADWAY’S KEKE PALMER AND BROOKLYN NETS ALL-STAR BROOK LOPEZ TO “CHANGE ONE THING” FOR STUDENTS
Opportunity Charter School Students Pledge to Live Healthier and Focus on Nutrition
Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem on Tuesday, September 23, with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event was in support of Food Bank For New York City’s Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier choices by changing just one thing in their diet at a time.
“Through the Change One Thing initiative, Food Bank For New York City is able to successfully communicate with New York City students about the importance of healthy eating and the impact of positive choices in dietary selections,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank for New York City. “With the support of high-profile celebrities such as Keke Palmer and Brook Lopez, students can better relate to the message and understand that good nutrition is truly a lifelong goal.”
Held at the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, roughly 25 students were preselected to attend based on their enrollment in the Opportunity Charter School’s culinary program, demonstrating a passion for maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. During the event, celebrities shared their healthy eating tips, and students made a pledge to commit to live healthier by making one healthy choice at a time.
In early September, Food Bank For New York City launched the Change One Thing Back-to-School Tour, a social awareness and marketing campaign that helps guide teens toward healthier choices without breaking their budget or radically changing their diet. Students will learn about important topics like sports nutrition, super foods, how to avoid diet-related diseases, and more.
Additional information about Food Bank For New York City and Change One Thing can be found at www.foodbanknyc.org. Continue the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @FoodBank4NYC and hashtags #ChangeOneThing and #EATWISE.
I’ve had a great experience so far as an ambassador of Food Bank For New York City. It seems funny to call myself an ambassador, but essentially that’s what I am. So far, I’ve been involved in a variety of different projects. One of them, which I think is the most important, is teaching. My partner Bella and I go to different sites and teach teens like us about the six lessons involved in EATWISE. At one site, we covered the lesson of MyPlate (Lesson One), which is an overview of what’s to come from the program. We taught the kids the difference between processed and whole foods, how companies advertise unhealthy products to influence buyers, and more. The class seemed pretty responsive and engaged. I’ve also participated in ShopHealthy. In this program we do makeovers at bodegas to hopefully influence shoppers to eat healthier. I also work on the Change One Thing Truck, which educates the public—especially teens—about healthier alternatives they can make in their daily lives. Overall, I am learning a lot about healthy living, and enjoying myself at the same time. I don’t think I could have a better job.
by Nicole and Bella
Have you ever felt hungry but were low on cash? Well, you can eat healthfully without spending a lot of money—and get big benefits in the process. Say you have $5. What can you buy that’s filling and affordable? Although choices may seem limited, you have more of a variety than you think. Instead of picking up that bag of chips, why not go for a nutritious snack like fruit? It’s a great source of energy and offers a lot of potential health benefits. For example, you can buy a banana or apple for less than a dollar. Bananas are high in potassium and can help your immune system. On the other hand, apples are high in vitamins and good for your brain and heart. You can get other healthy snacks, too. A great choice is a granola bar. It can cost as little as a dollar depending on where you buy it. Or, instead of a granola bar, try unsalted plantain chips or nuts if they are available. These tasty treats can be about $2. Finally, you can get water for a dollar. These are just a few examples of healthy snacks that are good, filling and cheap.
By Cat and Abby
The #ChangeOneThing popcorn trail mix is a flavorful treat that combines healthy ingredients to form a delicious snack. Because of its protein packed nuts and organic dried fruits, this trail mix is a great source of nutrients that your body needs. Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s family friendly and you can make it in minutes. With the popcorn in the mix, this healthy recipe is also appealing to kids, helping them to eat healthy whole grains without realizing it. If you have allergies or don’t like something in this mix, you can easily substitute all ingredients. This recipe is a delicious and nutritious easy snack for any time of day.
By Abby, Catriona, Annita & Alexxis
Although it is easy to make unhealthy snack choices, when you learn how to conveniently prepare healthy snacks, it will have a major effect on your lifestyle. Processed snacks may seem like the better choice, however they lead to a crash later in the day, often creating misconceptions through false advertisement. Quick and healthy snacks can include:
- Celery and peanut butter
- Vegetable sticks
- Homemade granola bars
- Rice cakes
- 4 rice cakes, unsalted
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- Wash your hands! Use water and soap to wash for 20 seconds before handling food.
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave gradually, stirring every 20 seconds.
- Break rice cakes into quarters.
- Spread each rice cake piece with a thin layer of peanut butter. Top with bananas, if desired.
- Drizzle chocolate on top of each rice cake piece and serve. Enjoy!