Food Storage and Food Safety over the Holidays

Tomorrow is the start of our school’s Christmas Holidays. As you prepare to close your KES Clubs for the next two weeks ensure that you properly store you foods; for instance, your dry goods like cereals should be on shelves or in containers.  Produce will likely go bad over the holidays; most fruits can be cleaned and put in baggies and frozen.  You can use these later for smoothies or parfaits – don’t throw it out if you don’t need to.  As well, any cheese and yogurt that are still good can be frozen.  Please ensure all expiration dates are not passed before you freeze them.

As important as it is to save our foods and ensure proper storage over the holidays, it’s also important to make sure our foods are safe once we return. Due to winter storms and high winds, we often lose power here in NL.  If you return to your KES Club and know that the power may have been out for a long period of time, please take the proper precautions to ensure your food is safe. Review this helpful website and if you have further questions you can call us here at KES, 709-722-1996.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/food-handling/emergency/eng/1331578972167/1331579901110

frozen-fruitHave a Happy and Healthy Christmas!

Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Fun Festive Foods!

Each month we like to send out recipes and nutrition tips, as it relates to the season, that our school principals and volunteers can use in their KES Clubs. In the case you missed this month’s “Recipe Box” here are some fun ideas that we shared, as well as others.  Since there are only a few days left before the Christmas Holidays, let’s keep the festivities going in our Breakfast Clubs by trying some of these fun ideas!

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Have a happy and healthy holiday – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Holiday French Toast

Next week, many of our KES Clubs will be winding down for the Christmas Holidays. That means many KES volunteers will be making festive treats that students enjoy every year.  We always love to share our festive ideas with our KES Club volunteers.  French toast is a special treat that everyone who attends a Breakfast Club enjoys.  For most KES Clubs, it’s not a weekly menu item so it’s always a special treat to see and smell when entering the Club in the morning.  Next week, as part of your holiday festivities, try serving up this delicious holiday French toast.

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon (optional, and please ensure there are no allergies)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread

Directions  

In a dish, beat the egg whites, egg, milk, salt, vanilla and cinnamon until blended. Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium heat.  Dip the bread slices, one at a time, in the egg mixture, pressing the bread lightly to coat both sides well.  Place in the skillet, and cook until lightly browned. Flip and cook until lightly browned on the other side. Top with yogurt and some festive colours – try adding fruits like strawberries and kiwi! Serve up and enjoy!    

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Picture retrieved from: http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/03/overnight-cinnamon-vanilla-french-toast.html

Recipe adapted from: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/healthy-french-toast.html

Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Oatmeal Breakfast Banana Split

Oatmeal is always a great breakfast choice – whether you eat it by itself or add different ingredients such as fruit, raisins or yogurt – it’s a great way to start your day! On these cold winter mornings, many of our Clubs have started serving hot cereal, oatmeal in particular.  Oatmeal is a food that many children tend to not eat or are hesitant to try.  Making foods like these more attractive and appealing, will likely get you a more positive response from the children you serve.  Try this recipe, Oatmeal Breakfast Banana Split, for the students who attend your Club each morning.  If the students at your Club are a little older they can make their own, just set up an assembly line of various delicious ingredients they can add themselves.  They will love it!

Ingredients (adjust amounts as needed for large group)

  • 1 cup prepared oatmeal
  • 4 strawberries
  • ⅛ cup greek yogurt
  • honey (optional)
  • 1 cherry
  • any other popular toppings (ie. raisins, bran, granola, etc)

Directions

Make your oatmeal thick and flavor as desired (ie. add cinnamon). Slice banana lengthwise in half.  Scoop the oatmeal using a cookie scoop onto the banana.  Chop strawberries and add to your banana split.  Scoop on the Greek yogurt and then add your desired toppings.  You can put all these ingredients in buffet style for your students and they can add the toppings they prefer.  Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from: http://www.courtneyssweets.com/oatmeal-breakfast-banana-split/

Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador