Buen provecho from Cusco! This past week we got our eat on with two back to back field trips with the Los Nogales and Santoni chicas. Following the new curriculum, we arranged for the second Healthy Living foundation lesson to be a trip to the San Blas market and a healthy lunch in our house! Believe it or not, the two most common requests from chicas dinámicas are: 1) When are we going to play volleyball? and 2) When are we going to visit your house? As you can imagine, the girls were thrilled to finally make the visit.
We started off at the San Blas market, splitting the girls into groups of 4-5 and giving each group 10 soles to buy two vegetables, two fruits, two grains and two types of protein. The caseras (vendors) in the market quickly caught on to our objective and started talking to the girls about why it is important to eat healthy balanced meals. On a tight budget, all of the groups made smart and healthy purchases.
Once back at the house, we taught the girls a new recipe that they all immediately loved – guacamole! Even though avocado is a common fruit here in Cusco, it is not typically prepared this way. The girls were instantly hooked (who in the world isn’t?) and were quickly cleaning the bowl with delicious whole grain Andean Bread.
So what else was on the menu that afternoon? A delicious quinoa salad filled with sweet potato, tomato, onion, cucumber and carrot and for desert a fruit salad of papaya, mango, apple, mandarins, and banana. All washed down with a refreshing fresh squeezed orange juice.
We were really excited to share such a nutritive dish with the girls. Ironically, despite the fact that quinoa is an Andean grain recognized and sought after as a superfood worldwide, Peruvians prefer the less nutritive rice for most of their meals. Many girls commented that they only on occasion eat quinoa in soup. However, they were all happy to try quinoa a new healthy way prepared by their gringa profes, and all went home with full bellies and big smiles.