St. Paddy’s Day at GWArc

Hearty Soup, Irish Soda Bread and a Green Smoothie made up our yummy St. Patrick’s Day menu at the Greater Waltham Arc (GWArc). GWArc serves children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, offering a variety of programs, services and supports which maximize independence, foster inclusion, promote self-advocacy and build community connections. These cooking classes are a great way to introduce healthy eating habits and have some fun! Chef Reva’s popular healthy cooking club at GWArc is held over several evenings; a daytime healthy snack program is also offered. Enjoy these recipes from our most recent class for you to try at home.

20160317_180400Leek and Potato Soup with Kale

Irish Soda Bread

Chocolate Mint smoothie

serves 6


  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • ¼ fresh mint, tightly packed
  • 1 avocado
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup kale leaves or baby spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey or sugar
  • 2 cups ice
  • green food coloring, if desired


  1. Combine all ingredients in a strong blender.
  1. Blend until smooth; thin with water to reach desired consistency. If too thin, add more ice.


1 cup per serving, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 157, Fat (g) 13

Saturated Fat (g) 7, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Carbohydrates (g) 12

Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Total Sugars (g) 6, Protein (g) 2, Sodium (mg) 11

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