Life Skills: Farm to Table

August 21st, 2017

Britepaths’ clients and staff enjoyed a Healthy Eating Workshop at our office on Saturday, August 19. Master Food Volunteer Sue Gonzalez and Katie Strong, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, for the Virginia Cooperative Extension, made two delicious summertime salads and gave us tips on how to eat healthier and how to make our own recipes healthier without losing the taste. Their recommendations include:

  • Reduce fat, salt and sugar by adding spices and seasonings, and use applesauce in place of butter and oil.
  • Reduce the amount of toppings, condiments and cheese added to foods.
  • Braise, broil and grill foods.
  • Scale back on meats and add vegetables.
  • Portion control really helps! Eat slowly and plan ahead.

Sue made a Peach and Tomato Salad and a Black Bean, corn, tomato and basil salad, both with a light homemade dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little bit of honey for everyone to sample.

After the workshop, Sue accompanied clients and staff to the Fairfax Community Farmer’s Market, which is near Britepaths’ office at Main and West Streets in Fairfax City. Our clients were able to use their Our Daily Veggies farmers market vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from Orchard Produce, one of the vendors that participates in our program, so they could go home and make some delicious meals for their families.

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About Our Life Skills Workshops and Our Daily Veggies Program:

Britepaths provides periodic Life Skills Workshops to our Project BRIDGE Program clients. They are working moms in the Fairfax County area who work intensively with a Britepaths mentor and staff for a year or more to improve their finances and career opportunities with a goal of achieving long-term financial self-suffiency. We also invite our Financial Mentoring and Food Bridge Program clients to attend the workshops. Topics we’ve covered have included resume writing, interview skills, parenting, fitness and yoga, car repair and more. Have a life skill you’d like to share? Contact Sally Meyer at or 703.273.8829.

We provide Our Daily Veggies vouchers to our Food Bridge clients each year during the market season so they can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement the food or grocery store gift cards they receive from Britepaths and our Food Bridge Supporters while they’re on the Program. We’re grateful to the Junior League of Northern Virginia for providing a grant to fund the vouchers for the 2017 season. We’re also grateful to all our participating farmers market vendors, who partner with us to accept the vouchers, and the Fairfax County farmers market coordinators who help us connect with partners. Click Here to learn more about Our Daily Veggies and our vendors.