Fruity Bagel Pizza

Sometimes getting children and youth to eat fruit can be a challenge.  Making fruit fun and creative usually helps to encourage kids to eat more fruit. Cutting fruit in fun shapes can make the most boring meal much more appealing.  Try cutting your fruit in fun shapes at your KES Club and see the reaction from the kids. Try this recipe as a special treat for your KES Club one morning – *be sure to check for fruit allergies before serving:

Fruit Bagel Pizza

  • 2 whole wheat bagels
  • 4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1 kiwi, peeled, sliced
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 Del Monte® Fruit Naturals® Mandarin Oranges Cup packed in water, drained

Recipe and image sourced from: https://www.produceforkids.com/recipes/fruity-bagel-pizzas/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Eggcellent Eggs!

Eggs are a great source of protein along with many other nutrients. We always encourage our KES Breakfast Clubs to serve a protein source with breakfast but sometimes it can be challenging.  Eggs are a great protein to include with breakfast if facilities allow and allergies are not an issue. Many KES Clubs do have the ability to use eggs.  Try this easy recipe at your KES Club this week:

Mini Muffin Pan Omelets

Ingredients

Oil 1 Tbsp
Sliced mushrooms1 pkg
Onion, diced
Italian seasoning1 tsp
Eggs 12
Salt and fresh ground pepper ¼ tsp of each
Shredded light old cheddar cheese1 cup

Directions

    1. In a nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Cook mushrooms, onion and italian seasoning for about 10 minutes or until golden. Stir in ham.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, salt and pepper.
    3. Divide mushroom and ham mixture among 12 lightly sprayed muffin tins. Ladle egg mixture into muffin tins. Sprinkle each with some of the cheese.
    4. Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and knife inserted in centre comes out clean.

Recipe and image sourced from: https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Recipes/Breakfast/Awesome-Mini-Mushroom-Omelettes.aspx

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart NL.

 

Adding Veggies to Your Breakfast Menu!

We are so excited to see more and more of our KES Clubs adding veggies to their Club Menus! Ensuring we eat enough fruits and veggies in the run of a day can sometimes be challenging. When we include both fruits and veggies with every meal it’s easier to meet our recommended servings each day.  A lot of our KES Clubs offer vegetables once or twice a week to change up the common offering of fruit. Serving different types of vegetables allows children that aren’t big veggie eaters to try foods they sometimes are not offered at home. An easy method to offer veggies is by serving whole cut veggies with plain yogurt or dip on your breakfast table, another great way is making an easy breakfast burrito if facilities provide. Here is a great recipe to try:

Breakfast Burrito Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon – olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon – bell pepper, red
  • 3 large – egg
  • 1 tablespoon – water
  • 2 medium – tortilla, whole wheat

Directions

  1. Add oil to a medium skillet and heat.
  2. Chop bell pepper and add to skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove from pan.
  3. Whisk together eggs and water; add to same skillet. Cook but do not scramble.
  4. Move eggs inward until cooked through, then flip so you have a large “fried egg”.
  5. Cut into quarters; place one section of egg onto each tortilla, add peppers, then roll up.
  6. Cut cross-ways like sushi.

Recipe sourced from: http://www.superhealthykids.com/finger-food-breakfast-burrito-bites/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

 

 

Leftover Fruits

Many times when I visit a KES Breakfast Club, I often see that there are leftovers, especially fruit!  Many Clubs have student volunteers who bring the extra fruit to classes for students that may not have come to Breakfast Club that morning.  For fruits like apples and bananas that tend to turn brown quite quickly here are some great ways to ensure you get the most out of your fruit!

Here are some ways you can prevent fruit wastage and spoilage:

  1. When prepping your fruit in the morning I know we always want to be prepared and have enough ready for when the children arrive, but sometimes instead of cutting fruits like apples and bananas in advance, use tools such as an apple corer for the apples and a plastic knife will be fine for the bananas – and cut them as kids come into the Club. Once these fruits go brown many children won’t eat them.
  2. If you do plan to cut apples in advance, soak them in an acidic liquid so they don’t turn brown; lemon juice or even a small amount of 100% apple juice will do the trick.
  3. If you have leftover fruits that you don’t think will be good for your next breakfast club day, put them in resalable baggies and freeze them….perfect for smoothies, parfaits or even fruit salads!
  4. Try to get a tally of what you use each day, after the first couple of weeks of breakfast Club the numbers should start to become consistent and you’ll roughly know how much to prep for every day.

*Please ensure all fruits have been washed before prepping, even fruits such as bananas, oranges and melons need to be washed since we are cutting through their skins/peels.

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

Pear Power Fall Time Smoothie!

We don’t often see pears served in our KES Clubs, but most people enjoy pears, and so do children!  Pears are a delicious treat to add to your Club menu, even better as a smoothie.  We know that pears can often be a less affordable fruit than others, but if on sale or if donated, it’s a great recipe to try…you can even use tin fruit if you wish.  This recipe is perfect for the fall, give it a try at home or your KES Club!  Please remember that these amounts reflect one large serving, you may adjust by number of students you expect to serve and serving size you will be serving:

Ingredients:

  • 1 very ripe pear, cut into small pieces (or use can pears in its own juice or water)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Optional: handful of spinach
  • Optional: ice if you desire a more cool slushy smoothie

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth and enjoy immediately.

Recipe and retrieved from: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/975203/3-fall-smoothies

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

 

 

Yogurt Parfait Bar!

As you think about and plan your menus this year, try adding something new and fun into your KES Club menu.  While we know many kids tend to turn up their nose to new foods, we also know that they tend to try new foods if we make it fun and exciting – try a parfait bar at your KES Club!  Set up a side table where kids can make their own parfaits.  Let them choose from yogurt, different fruits (fresh or frozen) and granola or cereals to top it off…I can guarantee it will be a hit, just give it a try!

This fun breakfast offers 3 out of the 4 food groups, so there’s no need to prepare an additional large breakfast, most kids will love this and it’s filling!  Some milk or a glass of water on the side will be fine and for those children who refuse to try it, they can have “cereal parfait” since it’s offered as a topping on your parfait bar anyway.

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt (plain, vanilla or strawberry)
  • Fruits and berries (bananas, frozen berries, frozen mixed fruits, chopped melons, etc)
  • Toppings (granola, cereal such as Cheerios, Raisin Bran and Chex)

Directions:

Set a table with cups or bowls and spoons that the children can take and start adding their ingredients (If you think things will get messy, you can have your bowls or cups already filled with the yogurt).  Place your ingredients on the table with a spoon in each and allow the children to form an assembly line and serve themselves.  Have a volunteer near to keep the line moving.

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

Menu Planning & Shopping Lists!

Getting back into the swing of serving breakfast each day takes some organization.  Menu Planning and Shopping Lists are two key components to organizing your KES Club Shopping Volunteers for the year to come.  Get the kids involved in Menu Planning for your club by asking them what healthy foods they enjoyed last year and what they would like to see this year. You can use a copy of the weekly menu planner attached to start your menu planning today!

Two questions we get asked a lot when menu planning is what breakfast cereals should I serve, and what granola bars should I serve at my KES Club? The most important thing to look for when shopping for both breakfast cereals and granola bars is High Fiber and Low Sugar. To take the guess work out of which cereals and granola bars are best for your KES Club we have attached a list of great options for both. These lists are a great resource provided to us by our National Partner Breakfast Club of Canada. Take a copy of these lists today on your first shopping trip to ensure you are choosing the right cereals and granola bars.

Sample Menu Template

Recommended Cereals

Recommended Granola Bars

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

Welcome Back to School!

Tomorrow is the big day and we want to welcome back all of our students, teachers and KES Club Volunteers!  We wish all of the children attending Kids Eat Smart Clubs a very healthy and successful school year. With your KES Club children will be well nourished and prepared for the school day ahead!  Start your year off right by ensuring your KES Club is the best it can be!  Ensure you’re organized with menu planning, volunteers, fundraising plans, and stocking your KES Club cupboards.  Here’s a few tips to get you started:

  1. Create a menu – ask the kids what items they would like to see on the menu – do a poll to include items that fall within the School Food Guidelines and always remember to offer fresh fruits and vegetables when possible, as well as milk.
  2. Create a volunteer schedule – don’t forget to ask the kids – kids can be a great help within your KES Clubs!
  3. Engage your Community – Encourage all members of your community to get involved with your KES Club, through volunteering or financial support. A lot of our KES Clubs thrive on the generous support of their community members!
  4. Participate in TD Walk to Breakfast – It’s a great way to raise funds and awareness for your KES Club.
  5. Host a Breakfast Blitz – We encourage all schools to host a breakfast blitz in the Spring of the year. This is a great way to fill you KES bank accounts or stock your cupboards for the rest of the school year.
  6. Set a fundraising plan  – Engage your KES volunteers to plan out fundraising for the year. Set a goal and come up with creative ways to fundraise within your school and community.

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.