Breakfast Apple Nachos

Who said you can’t have nachos for breakfast – we say you can! Kids like to try fruits when they are served in fun ways. Try this neat recipe at home or in your KES Club. If you have peanut allergies you can substitute the peanut butter for yogurt and honey. Serve with a healthy whole grain and milk to ensure a balanced breakfast. This is also a great recipe to serve at birthday parties and family gatherings.

Breakfast Apple Nachos

  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter, microwaved for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 c. crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 c. chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 c. blueberries
  • Raisins, for topping
  • Honey, for garnish
  • Directions
  1. On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with desired toppings. Finish with a drizzle of honey. Serve.

Recipe and image sourced from: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a57809/breakfast-apple-nachos-recipe/

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

Healthy Strawberry Waffles

Mornings can be busy at home and at school so what I like to do is prepare large batches of waffles and pancakes on the weekends and freeze them. Then I have an easy warm breakfast I can quickly prepare in the morning. Some schools prepare large quantities of waffles to have on hand for their Breakfast Clubs as well. Serving milk and fruit with your waffle can help to ensure you are having a balanced breakfast. Try this simple and healthy recipe at your KES Club or at home this week:

Healthy Strawberry Waffles  

Ingredients

    • 1 cup – flour, whole wheat
    • 1 cup – flour, all-purpose
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon – baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon – baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
    • 2 cup – strawberries
    • 4 medium – egg
    • 2 tablespoon – honey

Directions

  1. Combine flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a blender, add strawberries (with stems removed), eggs and honey.  Blend until smooth, then add to dry ingredients and whisk together.
  3. Add the batter to a preheated waffle iron. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with fresh berries and milk

Recipe sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/strawberry-waffles/

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

 

Province Wide Breakfast Blitz – March 1, 2018

Our schools are getting ready for their upcoming Province Wide Breakfast Blitz on March 1, 2018. Our Breakfast Blitz is a great way to increase awareness and donations to our KES Clubs. Hosting a Breakfast Blitz at your school is a great way to stock your cupboards for the rest of the year.  It’s also a great way to alleviate some of the heavy lifting and stocking of cupboards for our KES Club shopper volunteers. Use the poster below to send home to parents, post around your school, and even ask the community to get involved. 

If you are a business or community group feel free to take part and donate foods to your local school.  Foods approved by the School Food Guidelines and served at our KES Breakfast Clubs daily can be found on the poster attached.
 
Please reach out to your local KES Regional Coordinator with any questions or if you require assistance planning your Breakfast Blitz call our office at 877-722-1996. 

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

Happy Pancake Day!!

Pancake day is my favorite day of the year! Who doesn’t enjoy having breakfast for supper? Most kids love the fun of getting either a toy, money or a special treat in their pancakes today. Why not combine your Pancake Day with Valentines Day tonight and serve these healthy pancakes in heart shapes. Try serving them up tomorrow as well as a special Valentines treat at your KES Club. Serve with red fruit and milk to ensure it’s a festive and a balanced breakfast.

Healthy Valentines Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

    • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Place the rolled oats into the jar of a blender and blend until the texture resembles coarse flour. Whisk together the blended oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, dry milk powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir in the mashed banana. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Let the batter stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonful’s onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip, and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

Recipe sourced from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/166601/whole-wheat-oatmeal-and-banana-pancakes/

Image sourced from: https://www.wellplated.com/banana-oatmeal-pancakes/

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

 

 

 

Engaging Parent Volunteers

We currently have 252 KES Clubs here in our Province, which are run by more than 6,100 volunteers each and every school day.  We know our KES Breakfast Clubs would not run without the support of these dedicated parents, grandparents, students, teachers, business’s and local community members. We encourage parent volunteers in all of our schools as it is a great way to start your day with your child. What could be better then volunteering side by side with your child in the morning. Usually duties would include:

    • Preparing toast, cutting apples, pouring milk
    • Serving breakfast to the kids
    • Cleaning up after breakfast

Connect with your child’s school and KES Club Coordinator today to get involved!  If mornings don’t work for you, shopping is another option as well as being involved with fundraising plans for your KES Breakfast Club.

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

Serving Frozen Fruits

We are all aware getting fresh produce in Newfoundland and Labrador can be difficult, especially in the winter months with the countless weather delays and cancellations.  Our volunteers and Club Coordinators always look for the best deals when shopping for our KES Clubs and they always need to consider availability when creating menus.  When fresh fruits are not available, there’s no doubt that purchasing frozen fruits may be the best option.  However, some volunteers are often stuck on what to do with frozen fruit….you can basically do anything you can with fresh fruit; of course you’ll have to take the juices of the fruit into consideration.

When purchasing frozen fruits this winter, or at anytime throughout the school year, here are some ways to mix it up and serve your fruit:

  • Fruit and berry smoothies
  • Fruit and berry yogurt parfaits
  • Warm oatmeal breakfast bar, frozen fruits and berries (thawed) offered for your toppings
  • Homemade blueberry pancakes or waffles
  • Fruit salad
  • Frozen fruit cups
  • Frozen berry yogurt cups or bark
  • Berry or fruit muffins

* The day before using your frozen fruits, don’t forget to take them out to thaw in the refrigerator so that they are soft and juicy when you’re ready to serve them!

To view recipes of some of the above, visit our blog page at: http://old2018.kidseatsmart.ca/blog

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