Veggie smoothies the way to healthy lifestyle

2016-12-01 06:00
 SSGC founder Ntombi Makuhiwa (in black dress) with learners and parents at Vukukhanye Primary in Gugulethu. Inset: Learners at Vukukhanye enjoying some smoothies

SSGC founder Ntombi Makuhiwa (in black dress) with learners and parents at Vukukhanye Primary in Gugulethu. Inset: Learners at Vukukhanye enjoying some smoothies

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An initiative that started as just another Kasi garden has blossomed into a possible solution to malnutrition, especially for the young.

The School Smoothie Gardens and Community Project blends fruit and vegetables into tasty smoothies for young children and the community.

According to Ntombi Mukahiwa, its founder, the project has been a hit with the young and old which is great for improving health among residents.

“The project began as a community garden in Khwezi Park in 2014 where I was staying at the time.

The idea to make smoothies came about on the second year of the project when I read about it online.

I was captivated with it as it was in line with my aim to promote health and fight malnutrition,” she explained.

She said that the initiative aims to give locals an alternative to unhealthy fast foods.

The smoothies consists of spinach, ginger, peppermint and any combination of fruits such as bananas, apples and pears.

“Many people in South Africa are suffering from diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, digestive tract illnesses and other chronic diseases due to unhealthy lifestyles.

Public health is also affected for the worse by junk food, processed, and non-nutritious food. Medicines can also cause side effects to the body.

Our children are growing up in homes where green, leafy vegetables are often over cooked until they lose the nutrients that should feed the body cells,” she explained.

Running the project on her own with the help of the schools she runs the project from, she provides smoothies once a week to learners at Vukukhanye Primary and Fezeka Secondary Schools.

She says she hopes to make this a regular feature but she only works with one blender and is trying to find financial support.

“I want to conduct it much more frequently but I’m in need of funds to buy more blenders and get more people to work with so that we can produce more,” she noted.

She currently receives support from Urban Agricultural Supplies, which helps her with tools and compost to start the gardens. “Its not only about money, I need more people, gardening requires labour,” she said.

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