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What's a Purple Asparagus?

Believe it or not, there are varieties of asparagus that are purple in color, but that's not what I'm talking about today. Purple Asparagus is an amazing local non-profit organization that teaches kids, families and the community about eating that's good for the body and good for the planet. We've been working with them on their program called Delicious Nutritious Adventures to bring healthy information to the kindergarteners and first-graders at Budlong Elementary School.

A few weeks ago, I stopped by to observe their class - this particular week was focused on "Legumes - The Magic Fruit." For about an hour, the kids learned about and sampled bean sprouts, soy beans, red lentils, brown beans, white beans, sugar snapped peas, edamame...some of which they probably had never tasted before. After sampling, the kids made some simple recipes including red lentil hummus and white bean crostini. Here are some of their priceless reactions:

"It tastes like mashed potatoes!"

"This is super awesome!"

And maybe my favorite - when the instructor (who was born at Swedish Covenant Hospital, by the way!) showed the kids what edamame looked like, one kid said, "It's like M&M's!" To which the instructor cleverly replied, "Well...yes, they're like nature's M&M's!"

It was so cool to see kids getting excited about healthy eating - hopefully programs like these can continue and flourish so we can begin reversing these dangerous obesity trends.


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