TD Kids Eat Smart Province Wide Walk to Breakfast, October 3, 2018

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the TD Kids Eat Smart Province Wide Walk to Breakfast.  Thousands of children, teachers, parents and volunteers will walk on October 3, 2018 to raise money and awareness for their Kids Eat Smart Clubs.

The TD Kids Eat Smart Province-Wide Walk to Breakfast is an opportunity for schools to raise funds and awareness of their KES Clubs.  Every $1 raised is a meal for a child in our schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.  All money raised in a local school goes directly to the KES Club in that school.  Our long time, Sponsor of Walk to Breakfast, TD and our KES Team are proud to join our schools, all throughout the province, to walk in support of  KES Clubs that day!  On October 3 join a TD Walk to Breakfast in your local school!

We also have a new online feature to help collect funds for your walk. Go to our website and search your school to donate to your TD Walk to Breakfast today www.kidseatsmart.ca !

For more information please contact your local school or Kids Eat Smart Foundation at 1-877-722-1996.

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

 

Breakfast Pizza!

Serving breakfast in creative ways is always a great way to get kids excited about healthy eating.  This is a great fun recipe to serve up at your KES Club during a special breakfast or at your regular breakfast.  All of our KES Club menu items should include foods from 3 of the 4 food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. Serving this special treat with milk can ensure you meet these guidelines.  For more fun recipe ideas follow our Weekly Blog on our Facebook and Twitter sites everyone Tuesday and Thursday @KidsEatSmartNL.

Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce – cream cheese, low fat
  • 1/4 cup – honey
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon – milk
  • 4 large – naan
  • 1 cup – raspberries
  • 1 cup – blackberries

Recipe & Image Sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/breakfast-pizza-and-a-giveaway/

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

 

Serving up a Variety of Healthy Foods!

We often get questions at Kids Eat Smart NL about what to serve and Club Coordinators looking for sample menus.  We like to keep our menus simple and offer variety as much as we can.  We follow the recommended servings as per Canada’s Food Guide. On our menus we like to see fruit and milk daily as well as a healthy whole grain. Keeping your menu simple but adding a variety keeps kids excited and coming back for more at your Breakfast Club. When planning your menu you always keep allergies, at your school, in mind. Below is a sample 2 week menu that has lots of variety but simple ideas:

Day Week 1 Week 2
Monday · Cheerios

· Milk

· Orange

· Waffle

· Yogurt tube

· Banana

Tuesday · Whole wheat toast

· Hard Cheese Cubes

· Apple slices

· Milk

· Shreddies

· Milk

· Canned fruit in juice

Wednesday · Oatmeal

· Milk

· Melon chunks

· ½ whole wheat bagel

· Apple

· Milk

Thursday · Whole wheat english muffin

· Strawberries

· Boiled egg

· Milk

· Whole wheat english muffin

· Hard cheddar cheese

· Blueberries

· Milk

Friday · Shreddies

· Milk

· Canned fruit packed in water

· Fresh fruit cup

· Yogurt

· Multigrain Cheerios with Milk

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

Grab & Go Menu Ideas

Sometimes our KES Club volunteers struggle with menu items they can easily serve, that are easy to grab and go and are nutritious. It’s easy to think of ways to serve fruits and vegetables if you are serving a meal to children where they have a place they can sit down and enjoy it. Unfortunately, this ideal situation is not possible for all our KES Clubs. We have many fantastic menu items at our KES Clubs that kids simply grab-and-go.

Below are some helpful hints on ways you can serve fruit and vegetables for your “grab-and-go” KES Club:

  • Volunteers can pre-wash and prepare fruits and veggies such as grapes, orange slices, berries, carrots and celery and seal them in small baggies for the following day.
  • Small fruits and vegetables can be placed in muffin liners or small cups so they are easy to carry.
  • Serving fruits such as bananas, apples and clementines that are easy to grab and eat are great options.
  • Fruit cups in its own juice or water, requires no prep and are a great grab-and-go option.
  • If your KES Club has the facilities for storing foods, volunteers could make yogurt and berry (frozen) parfaits in disposable cups that the children can easily enjoy while walking to class.
  • Cheese cubes cut up and placed on a napkin are also a great grab-and-go option.

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

 

 

Restocking your KES Cupboards!

Many of our KES Clubs are busy preparing menus and restocking cupboards.  When planning and picking up your groceries for your KES Club you may want to make a list of “must haves”.  In addition to the food items on your menu, it’s also important that you have the following on hand to start fresh for the new school year:

    • Hairnets
    • Disposable gloves
    • Cleaning supplies
      • Dish detergent
      • Wash cloths
      • Dry cloths
      • Sanitizing solution (whichever one is recommend by your school)
    • Napkins
    • Disposable bowls, cutlery, cups (if you use this at your KES Club)

Good luck with your shopping, we look forward to visiting all of your KES Clubs again this year…see you soon!

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

Menu Planning is Key!

Getting back to school means getting organized.  Menu Planning and Shopping Lists are two key components to organizing your KES Club for this school year.  It’s a great idea to get the kids involved in Menu Planning for your Club.  You can ask 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!

When planning KES Club menus, you want to see fruit and milk served daily and a healthy whole grain.  Serving fruit in a fun way is always a great idea to get kids excited about healthy eating.  Introduce smoothies as a fruit choice – it’s always a hit with the kids.  For assistance with Menu Planning or for some creative menu ideas, connect with your KES Regional Coordinator and stay tuned to our Nutrition Blog throughout the year for some healthy and creative recipes.

Sample Menu Template

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