For most school kids, Labor Day signals the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. But not many students know the history of why we celebrate Labor Day. This easy and healthy snack will make them more aware of, and thankful for, the labor it takes to grow the food we eat every day.
Food for Thought: Healthy Tomato and Avocado Salad
– 4 cups avocados, diced medium
– 2 cups grape tomatoes or 2 cups medium tomatoes
– 2 cups fresh basil
– Olive oil and vinegar dressing or lemon and oil dressing
– One lemon (if desired)
– One salad bowl
– Knife to cut vegetables
There was a time in our country’s history when the average American worked twelve hour days seven days a week in order to earn the barest wages that were not enough to rise out of poverty. At that time children as young as five or six worked in mills, factories and coal mines earning a fraction of what adults earned. Despite this people maintained their faith. During this time Pope Leo XIII argued for the establishment of a living wage and the right to establish trade unions. Many other religious groups took up the call for better working conditions. Labor Day was created to honor and recognize the rights of workers which were given voice by the trade unions.
– Cut and dice the ingredients as shown.
– Place in bowl and add basil and dressing.
Farmers labor all spring and summer to give us cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and lots of other fruits, veggies and spices. If they didn’t, what would we have to eat? Let’s remember on Labor Day that all things we labor for this year will bring “fruits” to our own lives and the lives of others, just like these veggies are.