Wednesday, November 21, 2018


“Never be satisfied with what you know, only with what more you can find out.” 
                               --David Fairchild, American botanist, 1869-1954

Kids are naturally curious.  Parents owe it to their children to use that curiosity to feed a lifetime of learning.
Learning about food is fun when you use all your senses.  In the Growing Healthy Kids movement, we introduce kids to farmers, new foods, and cooking techniques. We teach kids to see, smell, and taste foods with wonder and awe.  

The younger kids can start learning about real food and basic cooking skills, the healthier they will be over their lifetime. 

Recently, a volunteer from the Sunrise Vero Beach Rotary Club chaperoned kids on a Growing Healthy Kids' visit to the local Farmers Market.  One of the market  vendors had prepared guacamole for sale and was offering samples.  The kids on our expedition passed on the opportunity to sample it.  The next week, making guacamole was on the menu for our class of middle school students.  The same volunteer was in charge of the guacamole station, where kids did all of the food preparation.  After all the guacamole was inhaled by hungry kids, he later made the observation that when kids get to make something themselves, they will try it without hesitation. 

On a recent trip to the Vero Beach Farmers Market, kids learn about hydroponic farming
from Alex Gomez of Pure Produce.  
Below is our recipe for the fabulous guacamole that the kids loved making and eating in our recent class.

  • 3 Hass avocados
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Dash of cumin
  • Crystal hot sauce, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh organic cilantro, minced
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt

Gently mash ingredients together and serve with corn chips. 

Avocados are a fruit.  Most of the calories in avocados come from unsaturated fats, which are the good fats we need.  Other sources of unsaturated fats include olives, nuts, and seeds.  

In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.