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What's Cooking in the Red Rabbit Education Labs This Year!

Have you met Jennie Plewka, our incredible resident Food Educator? She's been having a blast this school year, visiting partners and hosing workshops all over New York.  We sat down with her to learn the latest in Nutrition Education!

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Why is Environmental Education Important?

JOSHUA, A STUDENT AT THE ASSOCIATION TO BENEFIT CHILDREN (ABC), USES A MAGNIFYING CLASS TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT HIS CHERRY TOMATOES! ABC STUDENTS LOVE TO USE THEIR RED RABBIT GARDENING JOURNALS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLANTS IN THEIR ONSITE GARDEN!

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Red Rabbit, Starring Jennie Plewka, Education Instructor!

This week we are proud to feature a member of the Red Rabbit family, our very own Jennie Plewka! Jennie is part of our talented education team here at Red Rabbit. We sat down with Jennie to find out a little bit more about what she does at Red Rabbit!

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So Your Child Wants to be a Vegetarian!

What happens when  your  child  says, "I want  to  be  a  vegetarian!"?

INFOGRAPHIC: WALL STREET JOURNAL

First, don't worry!  Your child isn't alone.  Interest in vegetarianism, or in eating less meat in general, is on the rise in the US, fueled by positive health studies, animal rights, environmental concerns, and even popular culture.  However, your child may show interest in cutting out meat for less complicated reasons, with taste, texture or a love of animals as distinct possibilities.  Whatever the reason, you may have concerns that your child could miss out on vital nutrients by omitting meat from the menu.  The good news is that with some education and training, your child can easily meet or exceed recommended nutrient allowances.

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What's Cooking with Red Rabbit and Roads to Success!

Red Rabbit is back in our international kitchen, cooking up an eclectic mix of culinary delights! This winter, a group of Red Rabbit chefs-in-training is learning all about the diverse foods found around the world -- and right in their own backyards in New York City, a hub of global cuisines! This semester, the Red Rabbit cooking program with Roads to Success at PS 333 is highlighting cultures that are important parts of our lives, as well as the lives of our neighbors, friends and classmates.

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Teaching Social "Totiquette"

We can all agree that saying “please” and “thank you” are basic manners that we teach to our children. In NYC, we live and share our space with over 8 million individuals, expanding our notion of social etiquette into public spaces.

Simple gestures such as walking down the street without taking up the entire sidewalk, using an “asking” voice instead of a demanding voice, and - lest we forget! - restaurant manners, are all ways to practice good social graces without overextending our busy selves! Creating positive behavior, by setting positive examples and clear expectations, acknowledges that our children are humans, too. This ultimately encourages children to be more confident and accepting of others

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Cuckoo for Coconut Oil?

Burning Question:

Where does coconut oil fit in the big Fat Revolution?

Ayurvedic medicine scripts, penned thousands of years ago, have described the health benefits of coconut oil. The coconut tree is commonly referred to as coconut palm tree by Filipinos, and is predominantly cultivated in India, the Philippines, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian regions. Its large plant – based fat content made it an excellent energy source for use in folk medicine leading to the popular name ‘tree of life.' Coconut oil is one component of this multipurpose crop that seems to have captured some attention lately.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Keeping Good Nutrition GOOD

The #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag made famous by schoolchildren all over social media may have been heavier on the sarcasm than the sincerity, but many of us at Red Rabbit have been in support of the higher nutritional standards for school food, and our meals have managed to stay tasty even while adhering to the higher standards - so it IS possible!

With 23% of New York City children from food-insecure households depending upon school lunches to provide them with at least one nutritious meal each day, the need for strong food standards is less politics, and more dietetics. Why, then, do our food assistance programs continue to find themselves held hostage throughout the legislative process? Shouldn’t the health of our children and the strength of our families be more important than partisan squabbles across the aisles of Congress? What is in store for school food and Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) in 2015?

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Watercress, Chard, and Fennel are All....

Arugula, collard greens, endive, escarole, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, radicchio, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, watercress, beet greens, fennel. What do all of these items have in common?

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Curious Food of the Week: Starfruit!

Star fruit gets its name from the shape it naturally forms when it is cut. It is native to Southwest Asia but is now grown in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Central America, and other parts of South America and Asia. It has a sweet and sour taste with a crisp texture. Not only does this fruit taste great, it also has a host of medicinal benefits. It has been used to treat coughs in children and to help with lactation.

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The Ancient Asparagus

Asparagus: Stem

Asparagus is a crunchy, distinctly-flavored vegetable with a unique structure and fascinating botanical properties. It has been praised for its simultaneous simplicity and magnificent culinary and medicinal properties for thousands of years.

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