2015 Mealtime Memo


December 2015: Gluten: What is It?
From magazine articles to commercials, from food items on grocery store shelves to mealtime conversations, gluten-free eating has grown in popularity, and it is commonly a hot topic for many. But what is gluten; where is it found; and why would someone need to avoid it? If you are like many who are not familiar with gluten and gluten-free eating, this resource will provide you the basics about gluten.
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November 2015: Servings versus Portions
Do you know the difference between a serving and a portion of food? The two terms may sound similar, but they have different meanings. This resource will define the two terms and provide tips for planning, preparing, and serving meals based on serving and portions.
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October 2015: Ways to Cut Food Cost
Purchasing nutritious food items on a budget can include many strategies, such as shopping in season, buying storable foods in larger quantities, and using coupons. For that reason, this resource will provide different methods for curbing food cost when purchasing food items in child care settings.
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September 2015: Evaluating Your Wellness Policy
A child care wellness policy, although not required, provides a positive impression about your commitment to good health and nutrition to parents and the community. Developing and implementing a wellness policy demonstrates the facility’s commitment to the health and well-being of children. This resource will provide you with good practices for evaluating your wellness policy to ensure that it meets the needs of those in your child care setting.
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August 2015: Power Outages and Food Safety
What would you do if you lost power at this very moment in your child care facility? How would you assure the safety of the food in your facility? This resource will provide tips and strategies for handling power outages in child care settings.
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July 2015: Organic Fruits and Vegetables - Are They Better?
This resource provides a basic overview of what, where, and how organic foods are harvested and processed. Additionally, this resource provides easy methods for identifying organic foods when shopping for food items.
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June 2015: It's Spice Time: Adding Herbs and Spices During Meal Preparation
This resource provides tips and strategies for planning menus using herbs and spices. It also includes some basic tips for replacing salt and sugar with herbs and spices. Additionally, this resource features key information for reading claims on food packages, such as "fat-free" or "calorie free."
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May 2015: Sodium: What Is It?
This resource describes sodium and how it affects the body. It also describes methods for limiting sodium when planning menus for child care. The recipe is Banana Smoothie. The fruit of the month is pineapple.
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April 2015: It's About That Time: Enhancing Nutrition Education Programs to Promote Healthy Eating Habits
This resource provides an overview of the importance and benefits of incorporating nutrition education in child care programs. It features nutrition education curricula and user-friendly tips for incorporating nutrition education in the child care classroom. It also includes information for celebrating the Week of the Young Child.
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March 2015: Snack Times are the Best Times: Planning Nutritious and Appealing Snacks for Young Children
This resource provides an overview of the importance and benefits of snacks. In addition, it provides information for planning meals based on the Child and Adult Care Food Program. It also features nutrition fact information on consuming good fats. The vegetable of the month is spinach.
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February 2015: Menu Planning for Healthy Eating
This resource provides tips and strategies for planning menus based on the Building Blocks for Fun and Healthy Meals "ABCs of Successful Menu Planning." It features key information for planning menus that are balanced, varied, colorful, appealing, and nutritious for young children. This memo also provides information on the importance of water. The recipe is yogurt fruit dip.
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January 2015: Setting Goals for the New Year
This resource provides tips and strategies for setting nutrition, physical activity, and other health related goals for child care settings. This resource also features a seasonal fruit recipe utilizing bananas and berries.
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