July 29

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Healthy Meals meets Boodle Fight!

In Celebration of JULY as Nutrition Month, on July 24, THINK AND WEAR GREEN.

The healthy fight will happen at 12 noon

 

Well-being is alive and kicking for staff here at Save. Last week we were invited to attend a nutritional awareness presentation, followed by a Boodle fight.

A Boodle fight is a Philippine military style of eating where long tables are prepared, with food on top of the banana leaves. An assortment of foods and rice ready to eat is to be taken with bare hands washed with water from jugs prepared on the side. With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position and the “eating combat” or “attack the food” begins! Traditionally, the boodle fight is usually prepared in celebration after a successful event or for a special occasion and is also becoming increasingly trendy in restaurants.

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Get Ready – the preparation with banana leaves, brown rice, salted eggs, boiled eggs, boiled veggies, lato, etc.

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Let battle commence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are serving red/brown rice + steamed veggies (okra, talbos ng kamote) some kind of talong, some sweet corn, watermelon, pineapple, banana and buko juice. It is a real art form to eat with your hands…I was shown the technique and thought “how hard can it be?” Has to be easier than chopsticks, right?

 

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GO!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrong. The food was absolutely delicious, but I ended up looking like a toddler discovering food for the first time. This is going to take some practice, as we’ll be using this technique out in the field soon – I need to impress the locals. It’s also a great opportunity to reinforce the hand washing technique before meals.

It was great fun engaging with colleagues, learning about healthy eating, nutrition and hand washing, and for me especially, learning to eat with bare hands!

 

Speak soon, Alli 🙂