Raising Awareness of your Kids Eat Smart Club!

With a new school year comes a fresh new start to your Kids Eat Smart Club. What some clubs are doing is changing things up and introducing new menu items, new volunteers, and new fundraising initiatives.

Sometimes all it takes is a fun and engaging way to introduce your KES Club to the school population. Every year schools have both new students and new parents that may never have heard about the KES Club in their new school. Be sure to spread the word in your newsletters, on your websites, and on your daily announcements.

Some ways in which schools have spread the word is having KES Regional Development Coordinators attend parent/teacher night to chat with parents about their schools KES Club, sending home letters to parents informing them of the KES Club, or involving student councils within the school to help ramp up some excitement and hold a blitz to inform students of when the KES Club is starting up for the year.

See picture below from the student council at PWC engaging their student population with orange slices and information on the start up of their club!

 

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

White to Whole Wheat – Transition is Key!

Sometimes our Kids Eat Smart Clubs and our parents are reluctant to try whole wheat items with their kids. They figure the kids won’t eat it if it’s whole wheat and it may go to waste. What we usually encourage is to introduce the whole wheat slow and steady to get the kids use to the idea of choosing whole wheat more often.

Swap out some of that white for some whole wheat on any given morning and see how kids react. Do half whole wheat and half white to give them a choice. Most kids are used to eating whole wheat at home so won’t even question the difference. Toasted with a little margarine and I’m sure they could do a blind fold test and not taste the difference.

To help a little more with the education piece for the kids let them know the following benefits of fiber:

  • No belly aches – Keeps the digestive system clean and running smoothly
  • A full tummy is a happy tummy – Makes them feel fuller longer so less unhealthy snacking
  • Being health at a young age can prevent us from being sick when older – Prevents certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and digestive disorders

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Getting Creative with Breakfast Menu Ideas

The key to any menu for both kids and adults is getting creative with what we serve and how we serve it. Especially for kids, serving healthy items in creative ways is a good way to encourage healthy eating habits. Fruit cut in interesting shapes and figures can work wonders in getting kids to eat more fruit!

Check out these neat presentation ideas from http://www.pinterest.com

charactersfruit bowl

fruit shapespalm tree

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Getting kids engaged in Healthy Habits – What Can Parents Do?

Healthy eating begins at home, so it is important that children are encouraged to eat a proper balanced diet. It’s all about getting the kids involved in the process!

  • Involve children in grocery shopping and planning their lunch
  • Inform teachers and volunteers of any food intolerance/allergies that your child may have
  • Put a secret note, sticker, or cartoon with lunch.  Everyone enjoys a surprise!
  • Be a role model.  Set an example by trying new foods yourself.
  • Promote a healthy attitude towards eating and exercise.

As the saying always goes “Monkey See Monkey Do” if parents enjoying healthy habits at home kids usually like to mimic what they see. Healthy habits needs to be a household event!

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Allergies 101

These days allergies are high on the radar of most parents when sending food to school with their kids. It’s very important to check with your child’s school at the beginning of each year to see if there are any new allergies restrictions within the school.

Most Common Food allergens:

•Peanuts & Tree nuts               •Sesame seeds
•Milk                                            •Eggs
•Fish                                             •Soy
•Wheat                                        •Sulphites
It’s very important to be aware of anaphylactic allergies in your schools as well. Anaphylactic allergies are the most severe type of allergic reaction. It is sudden, severe and potentially life-threatening. An anaphylactic reaction can be caused by a food allergy, insect stings or medications. Kids with these allergies in schools have medications on them at all times to ensure they have immediate relief of such severe reactions.
Check with your school today to see which allergies are present.

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Back to School – Breakfast on the Run!

As the school year is in full swing thinking of what to feed your kids on the way out the door can be a challenge. Planning ahead and having items on hand is key to ensuring a healthy start to their day. Shop for key breakfast items such as:

  • Whole grain high fibre cereals
  • Fresh or frozen fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Whole wheat bread/bagels
  • Low fat cheese
  • Eggs
  • 100% Fruit Juice

A bonus for many kids in our province – they can enjoy breakfast with their friends at the Kids Eat Smart Club in their school! Either at home or at your Kids Eat Smart Clubs a Smoothie is always a great option for something healthy and delicious. Having these items on hand will make smoothies quick and easy to prepare:

  • Fresh or frozen fruit of any kind, yogurt – Greek or regular, 100% fruit juice, granola or oatmeal to sprinkle on top

Mix ingredients in a blender and away they go to class with a belly full of goodness!

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kids Eat Smart Club – Does your child’s School have one?

As kids and parents are gearing up for back to school the stress of getting kids fed and out the door in time for the bus is starting to set in. For those kids in schools with Kids Eat Smart Clubs that stress can be all but forgotten as they can rest assured that they will get a healthy and nutritious breakfast to start their day right in their very own school.

Wondering if you kids schools has a Kids Eat Smart Club ? Call your school today or contact us at Kids Eat Smart toll free  1-877-722-1996 to find out.

No Kids Eat Smart Club at your child’s school? Check out our website to find our more about our Clubs @ old2018.kidseatsmart.ca or call Kids Eat Smart today to talk to us about starting a Kids Eat Smart Club in your school today!

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.