Celebrating Kids Eat Smart Week Oct 5- Oct 9, 2015

Kids Eat Smart Week is designed to raise awareness of our Kids Eat Smart Clubs, promote good nutrition, physical activity and learning. We encourage all of our KES Clubs to celebrate by hosting a special breakfast, participating  in our Province Wide Smoothie Day on Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 and  joining  us for the  10th Annual TD Kids Eat Smart Walk to Breakfast on Friday, October 9, 2015.  Some KES Clubs choose a special pancake breakfast to serve this week – try this delicious fall festive topping to make it an extra special breakfast for KES Week!

Apple Cinnamon Pancake Topping

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • 1 cup diced apples
  • 1 cup 100% unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and place on medium heat.
  2. Stirring occasionally, boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Let cool slightly before serving.
  4. Can store refrigerated up to 1 week.

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Recipe sourced from: www.breakfastforlearning.ca

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

 

 

 

Overnight Oatmeal!

Preparing breakfast ahead of time can help out on those busy school mornings at your KES Club or at home. Try out this easy and nutritious recipe this week! Adding fresh or frozen fruit with a glass of milk will ensure you are getting 3 of the 4 food groups from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.

Overnight Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 banana

Directions

Stir everything together in a bowl. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning top with fresh or frozen fruit.

Overnight oatmeal

Recipe adapted from:  http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/overnightoats#fqsZSulmHuwUHbwq.99

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fruit and Waffle Kabob!

Making food easy for kids to grab and go is key with most of our Kids Eat Smart Clubs. Try out this easy and fun recipe with your KES Club this year! You can have these prepared by volunteers the night before and left in the fridge overnight or make them the morning of – either works fine! Be sure to search for mini waffles or you can cut up the regular size waffles in quarters.

Fruit and Waffle Kabobs

Ingredients (makes 12 kabobs)

  • 12 mini toaster waffles (3 sets of 4)
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 12 wooden or bamboo skewers

Directions

Toast the waffles, then break each set into four. Thread one waffle, two strawberries and a few blueberries on each skewer. Place the yogurt in a small bowl.
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Recipe adapted from: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2696697

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kids Eat Smart Clubs – You Can Help!

Last year we had 6000 dedicated volunteers running our Kids Eat Smart Clubs throughout the Province each and every day! Without these volunteers our clubs could not and would not run.

As the school year has just begun – volunteer recruiting is likely on the agenda for many of our KES Clubs!

Here are some tips for recruiting volunteers at your KES Club:

  • Seeking parental support at curriculum night/parent teacher night (connect with your local KES Regional Coordinator for brochures!)
  • Seeking support in school newsletters, websites and social media outlets
  • Seeking support from community groups (Lions club, Church groups)
  • Seeking support from businesses in the community
  • Seeking kids in the schools to assist with breakfast service helps build confidence and work ethic among the student population
  • Seeking support from grandparents in the community

If you are interested in volunteering with a KES Club in your area please connect directly with the school principal to volunteer.

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Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Expanding Your Menu!

Kids Eat Smart Club Coordinators are  busy preparing for the start of their programs in the coming weeks !

Here are a few ideas to help you plan your menu this year:

  1. Include food from 3 of the 4 food groups for breakfast and 2 of the 4 food groups for a snack – use Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide as a reference.
  2. Include only foods that are approved by the School Food Guidelines.
  3. Include fruit daily on your menu.
  4. Include milk daily on your menu.
  5. Introduce fun foods for the kids to experiment with throughout the year. Smoothies are a fast and fun way to ensure we are using up all of our fruit at the end of the week – the bonus is kids love them! Check out this recipe below to try at your KES club this year.

Berry Simple Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cup bananas, slice
  • 2 cup strawberries
  • 2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 100% orange juice

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients in blender, serve and enjoy.

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Recipe adapted from: www.produceforkids.com

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all of our students and teachers – we hope you enjoyed a fun filled summer! We look forward to a new and exciting school year and hope to see our Kids Eat Smart Clubs up and running over the next few weeks. Here’s a few tips to get you started with your KES Club while getting the kids involved:

  1. Create a menu – ask the kids what items that would like to see on the menu – do a poll to include items that fall within the School Food Guidelines for them to choose from.
  2. Host a stock the shelves bonanza with the school – have each grade level stock up items i.e.. 100% Juice Boxes for Grade 1’s, Whole Grain Cereal for Grade 2’s, Yogurt Tubes for Grade 3’s, etc.
  3. Create a volunteer schedule – don’t forget to ask the kids – kids can be a great help within your KES Clubs !
  4. Register for the TD Walk to Breakfast – One simple fundraiser each school should participate in each year is the Walk – Register today to ensure you get your Prize Packs!

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Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all of our students and teachers – we hope you enjoyed a fun filled summer! We look forward to a new and exciting school year and hope to see our Kids Eat Smart Clubs up and running over the next few weeks. Here’s a few tips to get you started with your KES Club while getting the kids involved:

  1. Create a menu – ask the kids what items that would like to see on the menu – do a poll to include items that fall within the School Food Guidelines for them to choose from.
  2. Host a stock the shelves bonanza with the school – have each grade level stock up items i.e.. 100% Juice Boxes for Grade 1’s, Whole Grain Cereal for Grade 2’s, Yogurt Tubes for Grade 3’s, etc.
  3. Create a volunteer schedule – don’t forget to ask the kids – kids can be a great help within your KES Clubs !
  4. Register for the TD Walk to Breakfast – One simple fundraiser each school should participate in each year is the Walk – Register today to ensure you get your Prize Packs!

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Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Campfire Banana Taco Rolls!

For most of us, this weekend will be the last camping weekend of the year, the official end of Summer Holidays before the children head back to school. Labour Day weekend has always been my favorite weekend of the summer, especially as a child; camping with family and friends, delicious meals and yummy campfire treats! Campfires always seems to be the center of any camping trip, maybe it’s because of those delicious treats we like to cook over them. Traditionally, campfire foods are high in fat, sugar and sodium, usually not the healthiest choices. This weekend instead of indulging in those “not so healthy” treats, try making something new, something more nutritious like these CAMPFIRE BANANA TACO ROLLS!

Ingredients
1 soft flour tortilla (whole wheat for more fibre)
1 banana
Peanut butter
Blueberries (chocolate chips as a sweet treat)

Directions
Spread the tortilla with peanut butter. Peel the banana and place it on top of the peanut butter in the tortilla. Sprinkle on some blueberries or chocolate chips. Roll it up. Place in foil wrap and let it cook over the campfire for 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool and serve. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from: http://www.realfamilycamping.blogspot.ca/2012/10/new-camping-recipe-banana-tacos.html

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Back to School – Being Prepared with Healthy Foods

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end! For most, back to school means back to a regular routine. With preparing our book bags and closets for back to school we cannot forget our fridges, freezers and kitchen cupboards. Here are a few tips to stock up and stay on budget with easy healthy items for breakfast, lunch and recess on those busy school mornings.

  • Pick up bulk fruits and veggies: prep them when you return from the grocery store and put them in small baggies or containers so that they are ready to go for meal preparation
  • Bulk up on meals so that I have extra meals on hand throughout the week. ie. make an extra batch of pancakes or French toast to freeze for breakfast, make large batches of soup or chili to freeze for lunches, and make large batches of pasta dishes with extra veggies to freeze for dinner
  • Planning ahead allows you to know exactly what’s on the week’s menu without having to think at the end of the day and buying “something quick” on your way home. It also allows you to budget more effectively
  • To save money – rather then purchase individual yogurt and cheese portions – purchase cheese and yogurt in bulk and have plenty of reusable containers on hand to portion out items for breakfast and lunch on the go

Tyr these few tips to be more prepared and organized for the school year to com

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with  Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.