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Today: fun event 7:30pm to bnft #FoodEducation in diverse #Chicago cmties! https://www.facebook.com/events/1678064962423941
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Hey all you Purple Asparagus fans! We are proud to announce the launch of our 2014 Corks and Crayons online silent auction! The auction is now live and you can begin bidding on items at this link: bit.ly/1kHF1zu! The online auction will be open until Friday, August 22 at midnight! Make sure to keep checking in as we will be adding new items regularly! Remember that all proceeds support our efforts to bring nutrition education to students throughout the school year! Bid now and share this with your friends!
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Does your little eater sometimes make this face at the prospect of eating new foods?  Make it more approachable: http://bit.ly/1b17Dtq  
S/he may be feeling (unintentional) plate pressure. Although trying new foods can be very enjoyable, it can sometimes be stressful for kids. 

But you can make it more fun, by teaching your kids the art of tasting. :) It's an important, and fairly simple, process to hone. And the ideas at link are pretty similar to our approach to tasting.
From +MOMables via My Munch Bug
#kidfood   #healthykids   #healthyfood  
It's Not About The Broccoli...when introducing new foods they are a few important things to keep in mind to actually get your kids to eat new food!
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Don't you just love this Julia Child  #cooking  quote?
"An empty plate is always the cook's best compliment" http://t.co/08bge9c4Sy   
From +Foodimentary 
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Check out these mighty #asparagus  surviving the snow. :)
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Happy New Year!  Welcome in 2014 with a simple promise that will benefit your whole family! If you want more quality family time and to eat healthier, too...

Sign +The Kids Cook Monday pledge to cook dinner as a family at least once a week- and to make family dinners a priority. Also check them out for kid-friendly recipes and tips about which cooking tasks children can do. :) 
#fooded   #healthykids   #childhoodobesity   #familytime   #cooking  
 
Resolve to cook with your kids in 2014 by taking The #KidsCookMonday Family Dinner Pledge! http://bit.ly/18XVf1r
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We had a great time on +WGN News, making Carrot Tacos, Beet Hummus, & more... Did you know that We've been serving up children's Delicious Nutritious Adventures in  #foodeducation  for 10 years?  http://www.purpleasparagus.com/donate 
We're celebrating our 10th anniversary, and that's our 1st reason to give $10... So let's keep it up for another ten - consider giving $10 today! 

2: Our first major program, 10 years ago in 2005, was leading +Green City Market's Sprouts program! We brought fresh fruits and veggies for children to taste, teaching them recipes with fun in mind! And if you give $10, who knows where we'll be in another 10 years! :) 

3: People always ask, “how did you come up the name, Purple Asparagus?” We can thank #JamesBeard Award-winner Mike Gebert of Sky Full of Bacon for it! He presented to us a list of 20 mostly traditional monikers, and out of left field came Purple Asparagus! It resonated since we love to teach kids about the wide variety of #fruitsandveggies  available to us outside the industrial food system... 

And just like our Delicious Nutritious Adventures, kids think the name Purple Asparagus is fun! Let's give more children the chance to have fun making and enjoying #healthy  foods, donate $10 today!  http://www.purpleasparagus.com/donate 
#Chicago   #healthyfood   #realfood   #fruitsandveggies  
For more information about Purple Asparagus: www.purpleasparagus.com Beet Hummus Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 medium red beet cooked until tender and peeled 1/4 cup tahini 3 small garlic cloves 2 teaspo...
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Want more knowledge and skills to keep your family healthy? Check out the +Healthy Children Conference + Expo: Personal Chef Alia Dalal will be leading one of our Delicious Nutritious Adventures!  Save up to 50% off to #HCCE14  with this +Groupon https://www.groupon.com/deals/healthy-children-conference-expo

Sought after presenters include: 
- Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You're Expecting, 
- Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health and Work-Life Balance. With Pediatrician & author, Dr. +Wendy Sue Swanson 
- Our friend, Reed Alexander, +iCarly actor and author of KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes

And kids can have fun with entertainment like Radio Disney's road crew, Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel, and Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team!
#healthykids   #healthyfood   #Chicago   #cooking  
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Herbalicious! This is an easy way to get your #herbs in and make foods tastier and healthier. We use parsley, mint, rosemary, and/or basil in some of our Delicious Nutritious Adventures recipes. They work in many kid-friendly foods, and there's almost no limit on what you can make with them! 

You can have your little ones help mix the different herbs together in a bowl and sort them in the ice cube tray- and they can even pour the olive oil in. :)
From Cafe Soroni, Food, Inc. (+TakePart)  & The Farmacy
#healthyfood   #kidsfood   #healthykids   #kidfood   #fooded  

From Food, Inc.: "Food tip: Freeze your herbs in olive oil for easy seasoning! (via The Farmacy)"
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Join us for a Delicious Nutritious Adventure at the Healthy Children Conference + Expo, this March. Excited to be part of their jam-packed weekend of interactive, family learning and fun! http://bit.ly/1kR5Mkj  With wonderful presenters, product & cooking demos on children's health and wellness, plus entertainment. :) 

We're so happy to have Personal Chef and Purple Asparagus volunteer, Alia Dalal, leading a Delicious Nutritious Adventure at their Cooking Corner! That's on Sunday, March 9 at 2:15pm. Check it out on the CC schedule, at link above.
#HCCE14   #healthykids   #Chicago   #kidscooking   #familytime   #fooded  
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If one of your resolutions is to eat healthier, keeping it simple can help. Make some tasty progress for yourself and health-oriented organizations, check out INSPIRED! Healthy 6-Ingredient Recipes for the Time-Pressed Cook. http://www.healthydining.org/inspired_recipies.asp 
Cooks & chefs like our own founder, Chef +Melissa Graham offer their recipes, like Melissa's Avocado-Corn Salsa recipe. And many more like: 

+Dawn Jackson Blatner's Simple Miso Soup,  
+Darya Pino Rose's Cabbage and Eggs,
Our Board Member, Jill Houk's Sun-dried Tomatoes w/ Fresh Ricotta & Rosemary, with Balsamic Glaze... & many more healthy recipes!

It benefits many health and well-being oriented non-profits, including us -+Purple Asparagus, Family Farmed, Inspiration Corporation, +Growing Home (Chicago)... and other great organizations, too!
#recipe   #charity   #chefs   #Chicago   #fooded  
 
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Our New Year's resolution: to teach more kids that healthy eating can taste great! http://purpleasparagus.com/gift-the-gift-of-good-nutrition/ ...Right now, we can teach 180 more children to love healthy foods, thanks to everyone's generous support so far!

With your help, we can reach our goal of taking 300 more kids on Delicious, Nutritious Adventures in 2014! Please consider a tax-deductible donation before 2013 ends. :)

Thank you for all of your support in 2013!

#fooded   #Chicago   #charity   #healthykids   #childhoodobesity  
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Purple Asparagus educates children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.
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Purple Asparagus’ flagship program, Delicious, Nutritious Adventures™, brings healthy foods to life for kids in elementary school classrooms all over Chicagoland. During Delicious Nutritious Adventures™, students taste new foods and learn where they come from, why they benefit their bodies, and how to make simple and healthy meals using them. Written recipes go home to parents to be cooked again and again – bringing whole families back around the table. 

Purple Asparagus will teach Delicious Nutritious Adventures™ monthly in 18 Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year. Taught during the school day, each monthly class highlights a seasonal ingredient starting with apples in October and ending with berries in June.

The first part of the class is an exploration. The kids get to touch, feel, smell, and, of course, taste. The second half is a cooking lesson. Children learn how to make three simple recipes accomplished from start to finish at their desks.