Our Nutrition Education Program facilitates cooking classes, activities with our community garden plot, and nutritional workshops during all of our regular programs.
Today for Healthy Lifestyles we made Spinach Basil Pesto! While one group went to the Co-Op to gather ingredients, the rest of us harvested Basil from our very own herb garden.
Our first step was to prepare the garlic, which we were able to adapt to include all abilities. You might see folks 'squish' the garlic cloves with the side of the knife blade before. We use dishes with a flat bottom, such as a pie pan or cup to allow for both hands to safely hold the item while crushing the garlic.
We also learned how to juice lemons! Did you know that if you roll them on the table you can encourage the juice to pool at the center? We then cut them lemons and were able to easily squeeze out the juice! No juicer needed!!
Adding Spinach to the pesto allowed us to make a higher volume, as well as adding some nutrients. Members noticed how the pesto was extra green with all the spinach added in.
We also had a friendly tip that we could add cream cheese to the recipe which smoothed out the pesto to a creamy consistency. Yum!
"It was yummy!" declared Butterfly Lady Pink
Zooch excitedlty exclaimed that "The pesto was the besto!"
"It sure was good" 2LincolnOne said.
It's safe to say that this recipe was a hit!
Today we went to the YMCA to do fitness tests with our good friend Mary!
”We did ‘get up and go’s’” said Party Jalapeño. This test involves standing up from a chair and walking quickly around a cone and back to sitting, trying to beat your last time. Best Exerciser also enjoyed this exercise.
‘Derek at Work’ said he enjoyed the Chair Stands, where members see how many chair squats they can complete in 30 seconds.
”I was fast!” said Fastwalker.
We are grateful for our community partners for sharing their skills with us, allowing us to build diversity in our programs. If you have a skill or activity you would like to share, we would love to hear about it!
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Who are we? MHC! Each day we explore our communty through fitness and recreation. Heres a way to stay connected and follow what we do!