COSTA MESA — Rea Elementary School parents dug into a fiesta Thursday morning filled with healthier alternatives to traditional party fare.
They feasted on Spanish-style quinoa, spaghetti squash, veggie quesadillas with fat-free cheese and whole-grain tortillas, peach cobbler with rolled oats and low on sugar, and mini-pita pockets filled with avocado, tomato, corn, tofu and black beans.
The low-cost meal was the last supper of sorts for 35 parents who made it through a five-week nutrition program at the school that challenged them to rethink the foods they put into their bodies and feed their families.
"I think each of you are making a big change in your life — it is what we [call] 'a pivotal point,'" district nutritionist Pam Williams said at the program's bilingual graduation ceremony. "We've given you all the tools you need to go out and do wonderful things for your family and your community."