Happy Healthy Halloween!

Everyone will be in the Halloween spirit tomorrow, and kids will be excited for the festivities to begin.  Ensuring we are serving a healthy breakfast to school aged children is important every day,  but it’s especially important as a healthy start to their day on Halloween.  As always, we encourage all of our Kids Eat Smart Clubs to serve fruit or vegetables daily.  As veggies are not so common for breakfast, why not try this festive Halloween veggie platter tomorrow morning at your KES Club?  Making platters in fun shapes is always an easy and fun way to get kids excited about healthy eating.

Pumpkin Veggie Tray

Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers (Green & Orange)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Blackberries
  • Ranch dressing or Guacamole for dipping

Directions

Slice peppers for eyes and mouth. Place orange pepper for eyes and green pepper for mouth. Place blackberries and cherry tomatoes for eyes. Place broccoli in green pepper for mouth. Place carrots in shape of pumpkin on platter. Place cherry tomato for nose and green peppers for eye brows. Have a bowl of ranch dipping sauce or guacamole for dipping.

Image sourced from: https://www.glendalehalloween.com/healthy-halloween-treats/

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

 

Smoothie Bowls!

All the new breakfast rage are Smoothie Bowls! Try these at your Kids Eat Smart Club sometime soon – we are sure the kids will love them.  They are a spin on smoothies and yogurt parfaits all mixed in the one.  Take all your favorite ingredients blend together as a smoothie, pour in a bowl and add your favorite healthy toppings. The kids are sure to love it as much as they love smoothies and yogurt parfaits!  As always, serving healthy foods in a fun and different way helps kids get excited about healthy eating!

Blueberry Coconut Milk Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 cup – blueberries, frozen
  • 2 medium – banana
  • 1 cup – yogurt, plain, low-fat
  • 1 cup – coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon – honey
  • 2 cup – spinach
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into serving bowls. Top with additional sliced bananas and blueberries, if desired.

Recipe sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/blueberry-coconut-milk-smoothie/

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

 

Table Service!

Serving 29,000 kids each and every school day makes our Kids Eat Smart Clubs busy places in the mornings! Many of our KES Clubs are serving so many kids each morning they need multiple tables to get the lines through. When visiting our Clubs we find the Kindergarten students are definitely the slower moving of the bunch as they are curious as to what’s being served and a little slower in picking their items. To help speed things up one of our KES Clubs in Paradise has a separate serving table for their Kindergarten kids. This helps alleviate the large line and gets kids through quicker with more time to enjoy their breakfast. If you find lines are long in the mornings why not try adding another table or two to your breakfast service to help speed things up!

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

Preparing Ahead of Time!

Having a plan in place for your Breakfast Club helps to alleviate work overload on our volunteers. Being prepared ahead of time makes breakfast service in the morning run more smoothly and efficient.  The more that can be prepared the day before or few days before works well for many clubs.  Many of our KES Clubs have dedicated volunteers that are able to serve breakfast and stay after to help with prep work for the week. All clubs operate differently but here are a few tips your volunteers can do to prepare for the week ahead:

  • Pre-cut fruit and store in bins in the fridge to have ready to serve
  • Pre-cut cheese and store in bins in the fridge to have ready to serve
  • Prepare cracker or cereal portions and store in bins to have ready to serve
  • Pre-portion yogurt parfaits the night before to have ready to serve (if you have the fridge storage)

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

Easy Yogurt Parfait!

Our Kids Eat Smart Clubs are always looking for different menu ideas to change things up for their menu’s and this is always a fun recipe to serve the kids.  It’s a simple recipe that includes fruit, yogurt and cereal – likely ingredients you already have on hand.  Kids always love these parfaits and they are easy to assemble with the right amount of volunteers.  You can use reusable plastic bowls or a paper cup to serve.  Strawberries are always a favorite for the kids but you can use whatever fruit you have on hand.

What you’ll need:

  • Yogurt
  • Multigrain Cheerios
  • Strawberries or Bananas or Blueberries

Serve up and enjoy!

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

Cereal Breakfast Buffet!

Our Kids Eat Smart Clubs are always looking for fun ways to get kids excited about healthy eating. Sometimes it can be as simple as the way you present the healthy food that makes a difference.  Many of our KES Clubs serve cereal and fruit but sometimes not together. Try a fun berry buffet for the kids and let them scoop in their own fruit.  Having kids help with making meals at school and at home is a great way to get them excited.

All you’ll need:

  • Whole grain cereal (Multigrain Cheerios or Shreddies)
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Pour bowls of cereal as needed and have spoons in berries for serving.

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

Baked Breakfast Casserole!

Many of our Kids Eat Smart Clubs are always looking for creative ways to serve a hot breakfast.  Eggs are a great way to include protein in your KES Club menu.  We get a generous from our National partner Breakfast Club of Canada from Egg Farmers of Canada for egg coupons each year.  These coupons will be going out to our KES Clubs over the next couple of weeks.  Try this easy recipe at your KES Club this week. Serve with a glass a milk and slice of whole wheat toast for a well balanced meal.

Ensure there are no egg allergies in your school before preparing. 

Baked Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 medium – bell pepper, green
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 6 ounce – cheddar cheese
  • 2 cup – ham, chopped
  • 24 ounce – hash browns, frozen
  • 6 large – egg
  • 2 cup – egg white
  • 2 cup – milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish; set aside.
  2. Dice peppers, grate cheese, and chop ham.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium. Add peppers; cook for 3-4 minutes to soften.
  4. Add to prepared baking dish and mix together with the hash browns, ham, and 1 cup of the cheese.
  5. In mixing bowl whisk eggs and liquid egg whites. Add milk and salt, whisk together.
  6. Pour egg mixture over veggies and ham. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes; removing the foil 15 minutes before finishing.

Recipe and image sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/breakfast-casserole/

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

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyone is looking forward to our upcoming long weekend filled with family, food and fun!  Sometimes holiday’s have lots of extra sweet treats around, and everything is ok in moderation.  With healthy eating it’s important to remember moderation is key!  Having delicious desserts is a big part of the holiday season.  In keeping with the turkey theme try this fun fruit tray below at your Kids Eat Smart Club this week or try at your family get together this weekend:

Fruity Thanksgiving Turkey

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Yogurt
  • Raisins
  • Pretzels

Direction

Slice apples and place as feathers. Use raisins for eyes. Place pretzels for feet. Use yogurt for dipping.

Recipe sourced from: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/thanksgiving-turkey-fruit-and-yogurt-dip/b3d8673d-4d3f-49ab-8218-3f9693bba0ac

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

 

Raspberry Mango Smoothie!

In honour of our upcoming Province Wide Smoothie day here is a great, delicious, healthy and easy smoothie recipe.  You may use any fresh or frozen berry mixed together with milk, yogurt, 100% juice or even water along with some honey for sweetness and you are sure to come up with a delicious and nutritious smoothie.  The great thing about smoothies is they are quick, easy and kids of all ages love them!  Try adding smoothies to your regular breakfast menu in your KES Clubs, they are sure to be a hit.  Try this neat combination of Raspberry and Mango at your Smoothie Day this week:

Raspberry Mango Smoothie
(makes 1 smoothie)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Mango
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Chia seeds

Directions

Combine ingredients and blend. Serve cold. For larger quantities multiply ingredients by the amount of people you are serving.

Recipe sourced from: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/375980268875595160/

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