links Community Nutrition Education Services
  
Healthy Eating From the Urban Garden
Timeframe
April 30- June 11, 2010

Community Nutrition Education  www.cnesinc.org.
Community Nutrition Education Services INC. was established in 2006 for the specific purpose of promoting healthy nutrition and obesity prevention through community based collaborative research, service, training and mentoring of the general public, health care professionals and students.

Organizations
Community Nutrition Education Services, Inc. is working in coordination with community based organizations that focus on community garden development.

Objectives:
  1. To provide experiences for participants to grow and harvest produce from the garden.
  2. To provide nutrition education on  health benefits of the food harvested.
  3. To provide cooking experiences utilizing the produce harvested from the garden

The first plantings on May 7 were tomatoes, squash and peppers.


plants

May 21, 2010
plant

May 28, 2010
peppers

Peppers still flowering


squash
June 11,2010
Early Harvest of:
Straightneck Squash(yellow)
Sunburst Squash/acorn shaped(white)
Cherry Tomatoes(still green)


First Taste of Produce
  • The following recipe was developed for making a simple squash dish.
  • Please share with family and friends. It is a great idea to begin cooking healthy foods with your family.
  • www.mypyramid.gov is a great  website to explore as you plan and prepare healthy meals for all family members
Easy Squash Recipe
  • Wash and slice the squash.
  • Slice onions or use onion powder/ flakes.
  • Spray pan with a nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add onion first; let it brown in pan.
  • Add squash, cover with lid, and cook until tender. Season with black or white pepper.
Nutrition Information
  • Fiber source-improves bowel function
  • Vitamin C source for healthy gums and teeth. The  longer the vegetable cooks, the less vitamin C will be available.
  • Limit the salt /sodium & fat/oil/butter or margarine  added.
  • Try adding other spices or flavored cooking sprays for more variety.
Coming Soon
Recipes for tomatoes and peppers will be added as soon as the produce is available.