Don’t be surprised if your child comes home searching your kitchen for a food processor or blender. The team from Greenlane Naturals Café visited DCLC a few weeks ago. They made healthy snacks using a food processor with our students.
The first item on the menu was a fruit smoothie made with banana, pineapple, mango, almond milk, and coconut milk. As the smoothies were being prepared, the students were asked to share some of their favorite fruits. From strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, to dragon fruit and pomegranates, we were overwhelmed by the number of students who like fruit. As a matter, not one student said that they didn’t like fruit! As the group devoured the blended drink, the room was silent. Everyone loved this special drink. The staff encouraged the students to begin their morning with smoothies. By filling a blender with healthy ingredients, you are giving your body a giant dose of health from the start.
Next the staff made hummus using garlic, red pepper, chickpeas, sea salt, and water, as a substitute for oil. The kids were excited to learn they could make their own hummus instead of just buying it at the grocery store! The hummus was served on a wrap with tomato and coleslaw cabbage. I live with a child who never would have eaten this if it were packed in her lunch. She was raving about the wrap and many of the students agreed.
A meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert. Greenlane Naturals Café wanted to add a healthy dessert to the mix. Using dates, almond butter, almonds, and coco powder, they made “no bake” brownies in the food processor. The kids could not believe how "real" the brownies tasted. Our chefs proved that eliminating unhealthy ingredients doesn’t mean your taste buds will be sacrificed.
When the students finished sampling the foods, they were asked to vote on their favorite. The smoothie was the most-loved snack of the day!
The owner of the café shared information about her business and encouraged the students that they can make their future entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Next time you are looking for a great spot to eat breakfast or lunch, visit Greenlane Naturals Café! We are sharing about our friends @ GLN at this very crucial time in their business. They are facing challenges in their township due to parking. If you want to support local fooderies that offer healthy options, make sure to see our friends in Green Lane and keep your food processor handy at home!