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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.

We think our interns are kind of a FIG deal! 🌟

Intern with us!
🍎Brighter Bites offers unpaid internships to students and non-students interested in public health, nutrition, nonprofit work, and more! We invite you to join our program staff in the field or work behind the scenes building our brand and developing relationships. Our interns are exposed to all components of Brighter Bites to gain a well-rounded understanding of how a public health community nutrition nonprofit operates.

Interested in applying for an internship opportunity? Check out our website for more information! https://www.brighterbites.org/intern-with-us/

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Happy National Garlic Day! 🧄

Did you know that garlic contains a compound called allium that has health benefits such for the cardiovascular, immune, inflammatory, digestive, and detoxification systems in the body? So many reasons to enjoy this veggie!

Our Poblano Salsa is one of our favorite recipes featuring garlic! 😃 See the recipe on our website along with more recipes featuring garlic ➡️
https://brighterbites.org/recipe/poblano-salsa/

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Happy Day of the Mushroom! 🍄

Today we share our delicious Turkey Mushroom Burgers, perfect to try this weekend! 🍄🍔Adding mushrooms to the ground turkey adds a ton of flavor and nutrition....and the best part is that your kids will never know you snuck in a veggie! Make dinner fun and let each family member pick a topping! Our favorite toppings are tomatoes, shredded lettuce, grilled onions, and avocado!

Find this recipe along with other delicious recipes on our website ➡️https://brighterbites.org/recipe/turkey-mushroom-burgers/

#DayOfTheMushroom #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #BrighterBitesInvolved
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🍌Going BANANAS for #NationalBananaDay!🍌

We've got a PEELING that you'll like our Banana Ice Cream recipe! 😋
Get the whole family involved and have everyone pick their toppings! Here is the recipe➡️

INGREDIENTS:
10 very ripe bananas
½ cup low-fat milk
¼ cup honey
½ tsp vanilla extract
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:
Peel bananas and freeze overnight in a freezer bag. Remove the bananas from the freezer and blend in blender or food processor until smooth. Slowly add the remaining ingredients and blend until the bananas have a “frozen yogurt” consistency. (If you have an ice cream maker, pour mixture into maker and churn until there is an “ice cream” texture.) Serve immediately or store in the freezer for up to one week.

#NationalBananaDay #BananaIcecream #Fruit #EatHealthy #HealthyDessert
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Eat well & keep moving! 🥗🚴‍♀️
While eating lots of fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, being physically active is important too!👍
@who recommends that all healthy adults do 30 minutes/day of physical activity, and children should be physically active for 1 hour/day.

Here are some fun ideas to move around:
👟Have a friendly competition of jumping rope.
💃Have a dance party to your favorite music. 🕺
🚶‍♂️Play backyard games like tag or frisbee. 🚶‍♀️

#WellnessWednesday #HealthyAtHome #BeActive #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #CATCH
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Brighter Bites is creating demand for fresh produce🍐🍍🍅🥕🍑

Each week of programming, Brighter Bites sends home ~50 servings of fruits and veggies to the families we serve. We could not do this without the produce industry’s expertise, logistical know-how, and fresh product!

Have the produce expertise and want to be a part of our mission? We'd love to see how we can partner!➡️ https://brighterbites.org/produce-partners/

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Meet THREE amazing volunteers who have made an impact in the Austin community by volunteering with Brighter Bites!🤩

🥦 Judith has been volunteering with Brighter Bites since January 2021. She volunteers at 2 of our Austin school communities, she discovered us through Austin Acts of Kindness. Judith's favorite part of participating with Brighter Bites is seeing the smiling faces when she helps load cars with boxes of fresh produce.🍊

🍍 Rogelio has been volunteering with Brighter Bites for the past 8 weeks! He loves the feeling of being helpful through volunteering for Brighter Bites. His favorite fruits are pineapples and avocados. 🥑

🥭 Julie has been volunteering with Brighter Bites since Summer 2020. She helps us by making it easier to transport our fruits and vegetables for our walking families by putting their produce in bags. Her favorite part about volunteering with Brighter Bites is being able to interact with families during distribution. 😄

We are so grateful for these volunteers and more! Thank you for all that you do!

@brighterbitesaustin
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I don't know about you, but I love fruits and vegetables from my head TO-MA-TOES🍅!

This #NationalFreshTomatoDay, we are sharing our Black Bean & Corn Salsa. It's a salsa the whole family will enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
1 (15oz) can corn (no salt added)
1 (15oz) can black beans (no salt added)
6 Tomatoes 🍅
1 Bunch cilantro
4 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
2 Avocados

DIRECTIONS:
Drain corn and black beans and place in a bowl. Chop tomatoes and cilantro, then add to the beans and corn. Add lime juice, salt, and olive oil and mix. Lastly, cube and add avocados. Enjoy!

Download the recipe on our website ➡️ https://brighterbites.org/recipe/black-bean-corn-salsa/

#NationalFreshTomatoDay #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #VegetarianRecipe #BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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Got what it takes to be a Brighter Bites volunteer?

We have ✌️two ways that you can get involved!
Interested in getting your hands dirty and packing our boxes full of produce? Join us for a Produce Boxing! 📦🌽🥔🍋

Interested in helping us distribute produce boxes full of fresh fruits and vegetables to our families? Help us at a Produce Distribution! 🚗🚶‍♀️🥦

Visit our website to find the right volunteer shift for YOU!➡️ https://brighterbites.org/volunteer/

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Brighter Bites is creating communities of health through fresh food, and you can be a part of it! 🥦🍉🍊🥑🌽🍎

Looking to learn more, support our work, AND get cooking? Join us for our upcoming event!
It's a virtual, family-friendly culinary experience with Marcia Smart of @SmartintheKitchen and hosted by Brighter Bites’ Founder Lisa Helfman, Board Member Scott McClelland, and Houston Life Co-Host Courtney Zavala

What's on the menu? 😋
Strawberry Mojito (cocktail)
Spring Pea and Leek Tartine
Mixed Greens with Homemade Salad Dressing
Rigatoni Kale Pasta
Chocolate and Berry Board

This hands-on, stay-at-home event will benefit Brighter Bites’ critical work of providing fresh produce and nutrition education to nearly 30,000 families nationwide. There are a few ticket levels 🎟, so please visit our website and see how you'd like to join in on the fun! ➡️
www.brighterbites.org/smartinthekitchen

We can't wait to spend the evening with you! 🎉
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Who says healthy eating can't be fun? 🍊
Here at Brighter Bites, we believe that healthy eating should be fun! Our DC team is taking our distributions to whole new level of healthy and fun engagement. Here is a peek at some of the healthy characters that are popping up at our DC distributions!...Now that is what we call fun AND healthy!! 😄

🥒Our #TuesdayTip today is make healthy food fun! Kids eat with their eyes first, so make the plate colorful and fun, and don't be afraid to play with your food! The more engaged kids are with healthy foods, the more likely they are to try new things. 🥗

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