Magic at the garden

Spring is in the air so that means fresh fruits and vegetables are sprouting. With all the new resources around the kids at 24 Carrot Garden made fresh salads from the materials around them.

Fresh organic salads are fun and easy for kids to prepare with yummy toppings and numerous health benefits. You can grow a year round organic salad garden in a container by the kitchen door or in a raised bed like the one in the picture above. The kids at the garden had a culinary exploration trying the many heirloom lettuces and leafy greens that are available for them to grow and create into salads.FullSizeRender (10)

Kids can use consumer power to package and sale locally as organic pre-packaged tossed salads.

Any organic raw veggie can be shredded into a salad, like carrots or zucchinis. Kids love fruit, nuts, and seeds sprinkled among the greens with a delicious homemade salad dressing. Cooked potato, beans, pasta, and pickled veggies can be added to the raw ingredients to wake up kids’ taste buds and their creativity. The kids used a salad spinner  to wash the salad greens and wake up their flavor.FullSizeRender (12)

IMG_0913Kids can make a traditional salad dressing from scratch usingFullSizeRender (11) sea salt, 1 tbsp. organic extra virgin olive oil, and 1 tsp fresh organic lemon juice. The secret to salad dressings from creamy rich to light is to add just enough to highlight the salad flavors, rather than drowning those flavors and making the ingredients soggy.

Salads are healthy for many reasons, especially salads containing dark green leafy vegetables. Raw vegetables are rich in antioxidants that protect your cells, fiber that toxins from your body, and protein, vitamins and minerals to rebuild your body. Also, the nutrients in salads are better assimilated by your body than any cooked foods.  Also, freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice is an excellent part of any really delicious and FullSizeRender (13)healthy salad dressing, adding beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

 

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