This past October 24 marked Food Day, a nationwide celebration that educates communities and families about healthy, affordable and sustainable food options. In honor of the event, Ford Motor Company developed a series of sustainable menus with recipes that are easy to make and tasty to eat.
The ingredients used in Ford’s Food Day recipes showcase many of the sustainable materials Ford is developing to displace petroleum usage in its vehicles. Many parts and items in the automaker’s cars, trucks and SUVs are actually made with recycled and renewable materials – and sometimes even edible materials like soy and coconut.
The Ford Sustainable Materials Recipe Book contains a variety of vegetables, fruit, spices and more that are combined to create healthy, energizing nourishment. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of their top picks:
- Smooth Ride Smoothie. This nutrient-balanced smoothie mixes sweet and savory ingredients to give your immune system a boost. In just one serving, you’ll get health benefits from sweet potatoes, chocolate, coconut water, almond milk, hemp seed oil, cinnamon, dandelion greens and mushrooms. It may sound like a strange combination, but it actually makes for a delicious treat.
- Focus Fuel. Fatty acids from the hemp seeds in this snack recipe will help you stay focused and energized. The sweet potatoes and carrots are great sources of vitamin A, which may help your eyesight.
- The Daily Grind Trail Mix. The combination of flaxseed, cacao nibs, nuts and seeds will help you get through a long day. It’s effortless to make – just toss a half-cup of sunflower or pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries and a few other ingredients into a container and enjoy.
Food Day 2011 has come and gone, but the recipes can help you create flavorful, sustainable snacks and meals all year. You can also check out Ford’s vehicle lineup to see how the automaker is using America’s natural resources to help power and style their latest models. For more information about Food Day, an event created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (www.cspinet.org), visit www.foodday.org. The complete Smooth Ride Smoothie, Focus Fuel and The Daily Grind Trail Mix recipes are available at www.media.ford.com/images/10031/Focus_Electric_Recipes.pdf.