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Como un desagradable pedazo de pastel provocó un nuevo tipo de cooperativa

Dos Mujeres,
Una Brillante Idea

Lisa Helfman y Dra. Shreela Sharma
Fundadoras de Brighter Bites

Por varios años, Lisa Helfman y su familia participaron en una actividad semanal cooperative de frutas y vegetables, fue entonces cuando se dio cuenta de que los hábitos alimenticios de su familia habían cambiado para bien. Al punto, de que un día su hijo menor rechazó un trozo de pastel en una fiesta de cumpleaños, y en su lugar pidió que le dieran los arándanos que estaban acostumbrados a comer en casa.

Como la mayoría de las madres, Lisa se dio cuenta de que ésta había sido una decisión bastante significativa en la vida de un niño de cinco años. Entonces Lisa se preguntó, qué pasaría si todos los niños tuvieran acceso con frecuencia a frutas y vegetales frescos, qué influencia tendría esto en su alimentación.

Lisa se sintió motivada a copiar este proyecto en comunidades marginadas conocidas como  food deserts, zonas desérticas de alimentos, o áreas donde escasean los mercados surtidos con frutas y vegetales frescos. Como la educación nutricional en estas áreas también escasea, la idea de Lisa fue llevar un producto cooperativo fresco, que a su vez tuviera un componente educativo,

a las escuelas de estos vecindarios. Ella creó una alianza organizacional entre el Banco de alimentos de Houston, Houston Food Bank, y la Dra. Shreela Sharma, experta en nutrición y Profesora de Epidemiología de la Escuela de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Texas en Houston, UTHealth. Así fue como nació el programa conocido hoy en día como Brighter Bites.

Desde su inicio en 2012, Brighter Bites ha hecho entrega de millones de libras de frutas y verduras frescas, incluyendo educación nutricional para nuestros niños y sus familias en varias ciudades. Mordisco a mordisco, vamos llegando a todo el país.

That's a wrap for our first full week of spring programming in our cities!
This week, our families at Robinson Elementary in Houston, TX received these beautiful boxes full of grapes, carrots, oranges, potatoes, limes, and bananas. What a great variety of produce! So many options to cook up in the kitchen. What would you make with this box of produce?
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#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #FruitsAndVegetables #fruits #vegetables #nonprofit #nutritioneducation
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We are kicking off the new year with a classic! 🎉 In honor of National Spaghetti Day 🍝, we are sharing our Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe. This recipe is flavorful, easy to make, full of nutrition, and budget-friendly. 🥫🧅🧄🥕It is sure to fit in with all of your new goals this year. 💪
Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

INGREDIENTS
•2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
•1 large onion, finely chopped
•1 large carrot, finely chopped
•1 stalk celery, finely chopped
•4 cloves garlic, minced, or ½ tsp garlic powder
•1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
•1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, no salt added
•½ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown (5-8 minutes). Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook for about 30 seconds. Add canned tomatoes and cook until thickened (about 4-6 minutes). Stir in salt. Serve over whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash!

NUTRITION FACTS FOR ONE SERVING (approx. ½ cup; makes 10 servings): 45 calories; 9 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fat; 2 grams protein; 2 grams dietary fiber
Average cost for one recipe: $1.76

#brighterbites #freshproduce #fruits #vegetables #healthyeating #healthycooking #recipeoftheday #nationalspaghettiday
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It's Thankful Thursday, and we could not be more grateful for our Brighter Bites staff. Principal Franklin at Robert Gray Elementary said it so perfectly:
"Thank you again for another wonderful distribution day.
Thank you for making our families feel welcome and providing assistance with a smile.
Thank you for standing in the cold to make sure families are fed.
Thank you for all of the behind the scenes work no one knows about to make distribution days a success."

THANK YOU to all of our Brighter Bites programming staff for your dedication to serving our communities and bringing healthy foods and nutrition education to our families. Thank you! 👏🏽⭐

#brighterbites #ThankfulThursday #nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FreshProduce #fruit #vegetables
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Looking for some healthy recipes to cook this Thanksgiving?
From apples and Brussels sprouts to potatoes and sweet potatoes, we've got you covered! Before you grocery shop, be sure to look at our healthy holiday sides for some delicious and nutritious bites for the whole family!
• Apple Cake
• Crafty Mac 'n Cheese
• The Perfect Pear and Brussels Sprouts Salad
• Sautéed Brussels Sprouts w/ Apples and Pecans
• Sneaky Mashed Potatoes
• Sweet Potato Harvest Salad
And so many more recipes on our website made for YOU!
https://brighterbites.org/recipes/

#brighterbites #recipeoftheday #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #healthyeating #healthycooking #thanksgivingrecipes #healthysides #JoyofFresh #HaveaPlant
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“By giving kids access to fresh, nutritious food and showing them how to make the most of it, we help turn healthy habits into something even better: healthy lifestyles.” - Lisa Helfman, Founder

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands. We teach them how to use it and track their behavior change. We make it fun. We make it free. And we make it happen via a simple, three-part formula: Produce Distribution + Nutrition Education + Fun Food Experience

This #ThankfulThursday we are so grateful for our Brighter Bites families and their loyalty in showing up to try new fruits and vegetables each week. Thank you, Brighter Bites families, for being a part of our community of health through fresh food!

#brighterbites #freshproduce #nonprofit #fruit #vegetables #healthyeating #healthycooking #HaveaPlant #JoyofFresh
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SPREAD the word! It's National Sandwich Day! 🥪
So, today we are sharing our favorite sandwich spread ➡️ Put-it-on-Anything Pesto. 🌿 We think you'll love it so much that you'll put it on anything! 😉
Full recipe below and up on our website! https://brighterbites.org/recipe/put-it-on-anything-pesto/

INGREDIENTS
• 7 cups of spinach
• ½ cup almonds, whole or crushed
• Juice of one lemon
• ¾ cup of leeks (white and pale green parts)
• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• ½ tsp salt
• ⅛ tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS
Thoroughly wash the leeks before using by slicing the leek and placing the sliced pieces into a bowl of water. Once the dirt is removed, dry the sliced leeks in a paper towel. Place the spinach, almonds, and lemon juice in the food processor. Process until finely chopped. Then, add all other ingredients and process until the pesto has a smooth texture. Serve as a spread on sandwiches, a sauce for pasta, a topping for grilled chicken, or as an appetizer with carrot sticks.

#brighterbites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #nationalsandwichday #pesto #recipeoftheday #healthyrecipes #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #healthyeating #healthycooking
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No tricks here! Just healthy treats! 🍇🍌🍍🍓
Our DC team dressed up this week as fruits and veggies while distributing fresh fruits and veggies to our families, and we can't think of a better treat than that!
Hope you have a safe and healthy Halloween!
#brighterbites #nonprofit #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #healthyeating #healthytreats
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