School Nutrition

Recipes for the 2017-18 School Year

Recipes for the 2017-18 School Year

New ways to help make school meals better than ever. On-trend, fun and tasty school meal recipes are a great way to help ensure every student is fueled and ready to learn. The recipes provide new ways to meet school meal nutrition guidelines. Each includes fat-free Greek yogurt and all help to meet grain, fruit and vegetable servings, too. The recipes are quick-scratch, easy to prepare, designed to help meet school cost restraints, and are suitable for cafeteria service, grab-n-go and Breakfast in the Classroom. These are also suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or snacks. Recipes are brought to you by McCormick, Sodexo, the National Dairy Council and Dannon.   Sriracha_Chicken_SaladWrap   Spiced_Yogurt_Muffins   Ranch_Veggie_Pattie   Peaches_N_Cream_Overnight_Oats   Greek_Yogurt_Banana_Muffins   Fruity_Yogurt_Popsicles   Creamy_Herb_Yogurt_Dressing   Creamy_Arroz_ConPollo   Chipotle_BBQ_3Bean_Salad   Baked_Caribrrean_Lime_FishSticks   Asian_Slaw  ...

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Starting the Day on the Right Foot with Breakfast

Starting the Day on the Right Foot with Breakfast

By Ashley Sears, Esquire, Sponsored Moo Squad athlete Call me crazy, but nothing beats a wholesome, healthy breakfast to start the day.  I like to think of sleep as my time travel to breakfast, and without a solid breakfast, hanger is a real life emotion for me.  My family and friends know that I used to be a “leftovers for breakfast” kind of kid.  It wasn’t unusual to see shepherd’s pie or spaghetti on my plate in the morning before school (not the healthiest options, I know). In high school, I started changing my eating habits and having eggs, toast, and jam. In college, my eating habits were somewhat less disciplined and I would often have sugary cereal or a granola bar. Once I got to law school and realized how important a complete breakfast was to stay focused through late night classes and studying, I took the time to meal prep and have breakfast ready for class the next morning. Overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, and smoothies became my go-to meals. Not only did this benefit me in the classroom, it contributed to my running and overall health. This week, March 6-10, marks National School Breakfast Week. Additionally, throughout the month of March, we recognize and celebrate National Nutrition Month.  This provides an opportunity to talk about healthy lifestyle choices, recipes that taste good and are good for you, and how we can eat well while still leading hectic and busy lives. The National School Breakfast Week program was founded in 1989 through the collaborative efforts of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the School Nutrition Association. The program provides over 13 million breakfast meals to school-aged children, regardless of economic background, helping students to be alert and productive during the school day. This year’s theme for National School Breakfast Week is “Take the School Breakfast Challenge,” which encourages students, parents, and teachers to start their morning with a healthy breakfast. Often short on time and trying to complete a million tasks before the school day starts, taking time the night before to prepare breakfast is a great option to save time and ensure that you aren’t skipping breakfast the next day.  Incorporating dairy products into breakfast is also a surefire way to get the necessary protein, calcium, and vitamins you need to stay focused, energized, and full until lunch. Here are a few of my favorite breakfast recipes, that can be made ahead of time and provide a bounty of protein, vitamins, and flavor! Wild Blueberry Smoothie: ½ cup milk 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ½ cup vanilla or plain yogurt ½ cup frozen wild blueberries 1 tsp. cinnamon Handful of ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender.  Blend until desired consistency.  Place in freezer overnight and let thaw in morning.  Enjoy on your way to work or school. Maple Overnight Oats: ½ cup steel cut oats ½ cup milk ½ scoop vanilla protein powder 1 T pure maple syrup ½ cup chopped apples 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 T chopped walnuts or almonds Bring oats and milk to a boil on the stove.  Stir in protein powder, maple syrup, spices, and chopped apples.  Place in a Ball Mason jar or microwave safe container and sprinkle nuts on top.  Store in fridge and reheat in microwave for one minute in the morning. Patriotic Parfait: ¾ cup vanilla or plain yogurt ¼ cup blueberries ¼ cup diced strawberries ¼ cup raspberries ¼ cup granola of choice (I love GrandyOats Wild Blueberry granola; check for sugar amounts on granola, as some can contain a...

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2016 Summer Meals Cooler Grant Application

2016 Summer Meals Cooler Grant Application

The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council recognizes the importance of a healthy, nutritious summer meals program to the health of Maine children. Summer meals provide the nutritional bridge between the end of one school year and the beginning of a new school year. The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council is committed to helping schools increase participation in their summer meals programs so students return to school in the fall, healthy and ready to learn. The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council also knows kids will drink more milk if it’s displayed attractively and served icy cold. To help schools do both during the summer and school year, Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council will award up to three, Fuel Up to Play 60 soft-sided insulated coolers and accompanying ice packs to twenty (20) Maine school districts participating in the USDA Summer Meals Program. Each brightly colored, soft-sided, insulated cooler holds one standard milk crate. Interested school nutrition directors are asked to complete the application (link below) and return it to the address below by April 29, 2016. Preference will be given to schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 and school nutrition directors who are signed up as Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors. To see whether your school is enrolled and to sign up as a Program Advisor, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: Katie Hoffmann Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council 333 Cony Road Augusta, ME 04330 Catherine@drinkmainemilk.org 207-287-3621 207-287-7161(fax) 2016 Summer Meals Cooler Grant...

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Meat Alternate and Fruit- Meal Component Smoothies

Smoothies with names like Banana Split, Orangeroo, Tropical Delight, Apple of Your Eye, Strawberry Peach and Yo Yo Yum will surely be a hit with your students. Smoothie Recipes_HACCP

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School Breakfast Recipes

School Breakfast Recipes

Peaches ‘n’ Cream Waffle Dunkers, Blueberry Delight, Fiesta Breakfast Swirls  … delicious recipes from the National Dairy Council that will make students excited about school breakfast! Foodservice Recipe – Blueberry Delight with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Breakfast Basket with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Double Cheese-Fiesta Swirl with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Fruity Flatbread, Sunny Start with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Mega Cheese Muffin with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Peaches Waffle Dunkers with HACCP...

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Refuel with Chocolate Milk

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