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Friday, 01 March 2013 10:48

Time to Spring into Health!

Spring time brings energy to all and we're happy to be along for the ride!  By the middle of March, peas and radishes will be planted, germinating, and showing their shoots of new life above the soil. As new life above ground spreads to new territories, so will Veggiecation. Conferences, conventions, and expos are opportunities to collaborate with others on the front lines in this battle for health, we're all in this together. We'll be absorbing new information and Veggiecating all we can!

March is National Nutrition Month and we'll be celebrating in a variety of ways! Our first Veggiecation rendezvous was Saturday, March 2nd, at Bryant Park in Manhattan for the Kids Food Festival. Simply a day of fun and health, kids will be participating in all sorts of activities: food scavenger hunts, dancing, cooking, and sampling delicious healthy dishes.

Soon after on March 8th and 9th, we're crossing the border for the New Jersey PTA 2013 Convention! Talking with parents and teachers on their concerns and goals within the communities they live in is essential. Understanding what steps are needed in order to compliment their health efforts is what Veggiecation is all about!

We'll continue moving to new territories throughout the month and are excited to update everyone on our progress! Seeing children, families, and communities understanding and pursuing healthy lifestyles is the perfect reward to celebrate National Nutrition Month! Click here to see all of our upcoming Spring events.

 

Treat Yourself and the Environment!

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Sweet Spring Salad: kale, navel orange, grapes, red bell pepper, squeeze of lemon, and pumpkin seeds.

Eating seasonally is one of the best ways to do this, you'll find a wealth of information at your local farmers market! This is a wonderful place to take children, it's an adventure for little ones and they'll have unlimited questions as their fascination explodes while immersed in the wonders of the market! Your local farmers will appreciate the enthusiasm and be happy to answer questions that arise. We love the produce section in a grocery store, but there's no comparison for the magic of the market!

Citrus season will be winding down as the days heat up, so enjoy them fresh while you can! Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes will compliment the flavors and health of "in season" dark leafy greens. For those with nut allergens, add a nutritious crunch that provides fiber, protein, and healthy fats with pumpkin seeds!

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