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As we head into the final days of the Active Life/H-E-B “Its Time Texas” Community Challenge 2013, HealthStart is proud to have played a part in making “healthy the norm.”  The challenge invites communities’ all over Texas to showcase their commitment to healthy living through actions that range from blogs to dance. There are 507 communities, 34 mayors, 3,191 school activities, 246 organizations and at least 1,111,653 individuals “activated” in the cause! HealthStart is thrilled to be one of the participating organizations as it is our commitment to promote healthy living as well. Communities are arranged according to population size and everyone has multiple opportunities as a group or individual to get active and gain points for their city or town. One can give an online shout out on a community page about the challenge, organize an activity, take the wellness pledge, and for the greatest number of points one can create a large-scale community project. The large-scale project could be anything from a company-wide picnic of nutritious foods to an educational health fair. HealthStart has been and will be attending quite a few events in the community to spread the word about our organization and healthy lifestyle choices. We took the wellness pledge and shared a few photos of our students learning and doing healthy activities in the classroom. It has been exciting to participate again this year and observe what other organizations and communities have been up to! There is still time to get involved in this years Community Challenge, hurry and register here: http://hebcommunitychallenge.com/

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At HealthStart we frequently hear from parents about their interest in what healthy foods are in-season and where they can be found locally. The following foods you will be able to find at farmers markets, co-ops, & supermarkets in Austin right now!

UnknownBeets (November through February)

Beets are an excellent source of Vitamins A, B, and C, Potassium, Magnesium, Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid.

They are important in the growth of new cells and they cleanse the blood stream.

You can juice beets or blend them into a smoothie, steam them, or chop them up and put them in a salad raw!

Broccoli (October through May)broccoli

Broccoli contains more Vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as an 8 oz glass of milk!

Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin K, which HealthStart teaches us is essential for healthy bones!

Eat broccoli steamed, raw, or in a stir-fry with tofu and other seasonal vegetables!

image001Grapefruit (October through April)

Grapefruit has very high levels of Vitamin C and has been known to lower cholesterol.

Grapefruit is packed with antioxidants and helps to repair DNA. Grapefruits health benefits are endless!

Juice grapefruit and drink it fresh or add to a salad for a tangy kick! It is commonly eaten raw with a knife and spoon as well.

 

Other nutritious foods in season:

Grapes, okra, oranges, peanuts, pears, pomegranates, tomatoes, watermelons, and more!

Where to find these foods locally:

Austin Open Air Market:
10000 Research Boulevard Austin, TX 78759
Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM

Barton Creek Farmers Market Location One:
The back of the Barton Creek Square Mall parking lot overlooking the city, at the intersection of Loop 1 (Mopac) and S. Capital of TX Highway (360 Loop).
Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Barton Creek Farmers Market Location Two:
The Highland Mall parking lot at 6001 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX 78752
Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM

Cedar Park Market:
11200 Lakeline Mall Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613
Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Funkytonk Farmers Market:
6701 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78757
Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Hope Farmers Market:
East 5TH & Comal
Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM

Your local HEB: All over Austin!
Hours vary by location, www.heb.com for listings

 Fun Activities for Lifelong Learning:

Choose one of the fruits or vegetables, tell your children what nutrients are in them, and ask them to find it at a farmers market for you!

Plan a lunch around the broccoli you purchase at a farmers market on a Sunday.

Here is a recipe adapted from www.eatingwell.com for Broccoli and Cannellini Bean Soup!

14 Oz of Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 Cup Water
6 Cups of Broccoli Crowns
14 Oz of Cannellini Beans
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Ground White Pepper
¼ Cup of Nutritional Yeast
½ tsp of Agar Agar
1 tsp of Garlic Powder
1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Bring water and broth to a boil, add in broccoli crowns and cook until tender (about 6-8 minutes). Add in beans, salt, and ground pepper. Transfer mixture to a blender and puree (Use caution as the liquids will be hot). While in the blender add nutritional yeast, agar agar, garlic powder, and mustard. After pureed, return to a pot and heat until warm.

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