Monday, September 3, 2018

PARENTS! FIND OUT ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S FOOD & WELLNESS POLICY!

Thumbs up for health!
The Manchester School District is required by Federal Law to have a wellness policy. The policy supports family and community efforts to encourage student achievement and health since an active, well-nourished child is more successful in the classroom and performs better on tests.




How Can Parents Support the Policy

  • Following nutrition guidelines when providing food for classroom parties and school events 
  • Supporting non-food fundraisers or sell food items that meet the district nutrition guidelines
  • Providing healthy choices when packing snacks and bag lunches
If you are a parent and are interested in participating on the district's school wellness council, please email Sue Sheehy at ssheehy@mansd.org.

For more information on our wellness policy or school wellness council, visit our district website at www.mansd.org under Departments and Food and Nutrition Services.





Monday, August 13, 2018

"HEALTHY" LEMON BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE










1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour                     ¾-1 cup oat flour or quick oats
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder               2 tablespoons butter, softened
¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt             ¼- ½  cup honey
2 large eggs                                             2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup nonfat milk                                  1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups blueberries                                           or 1 teaspoon lemon extract                                           

TOPPING
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon oat flour or quick oats
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Pecans or walnuts (optional)
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan or 8 X 8 inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray with flour.

Prepare crumb topping and set  aside. CRUMB TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, oat flour and butter. Mix until mixture is crumbly.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, oat flour (if you use more honey then use 1 cup oats instead of ¾ cup) and baking powder and set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, eggs, honey, vanilla and milk. Mix in lemon zest or extract. Add flour mixture and mix just until combine. Stir in blueberries.
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping.

Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or conventional bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and remove ring. Cool completely before serving. (Unless you would rather eat it hot even though the cake doesn’t cut as well.)


Nutrition for 12 servings: Calories: 200, Total Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2.8g, Sodium: 60mg, Carb: 30g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 12g (includes fruit and milk sugar), Protein: 10g, Potassium: 246mg


THAT'S BERRY GOOD!!!

Tis the season.....for berries, especially blueberries!!! With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor . This is the time to eat blueberries because they are at their best. The blueberry season can last from May through October. In New Hampshire, July is prime picking time.
blueberries

Blueberries have been called a “super” food for so many reasons. Want to retain your memory? Lower your risk factors for some cancers? How about a great natural source of antioxidants for optimum health? Research in Canada and the USA supports evidence that blueberries are powerful disease fighters. Blueberries have been ranked number one in antioxidant activity over 40 other tested fruits and vegetables.

We now know that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, substances that can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Blueberries are a particularly rich source of antioxidants called anthocyanins (also contained in apples, grapes, blackberries, radishes, and red cabbage). Several studies suggest anthocyanins discourage blood clots from forming, warding off heart attacks. They also appear to improve night vision and to slow macular degeneration by strengthening tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye. Blueberries have also been associated with improving short term memory loss, promoting urinary tract health, improved metabolism of glucose (type of sugar), and reducing the risk of some types of cancers.

For just 40 calories in a ½-cup serving, blueberries offer a great lineup of nutrients like potassium and iron, as well as being a an excellent source of Vitamin C. And let’s not forget that blueberries also provide dietary fiber, two grams in each ½-cup serving which equals the amount of fiber in a slice of whole wheat bread so make sure to take the whole family blueberry picking this summer.

BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE


INGREDIENTS:
1 - 6 ounce container non-fat blueberry yogurt
(Try Greek for a thicker consistency!)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen sliced peaches
5-6 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place yogurt, apple juice, blueberries and peaches in blender.
2. Add ice cubes.
3. Blend ingredients until smooth.
4. Serve immediately

Makes 2 servings.


Courtesy of Oregon Blueberry Commission , US Highbush Blueberry Council, American Cancer Institute for Research, and USDA





Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Mango, Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Salsa has traditionally been made with a combination of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and spice from chili peppers. This type of salsa has usually been used in Mexican dishes and as a dip for chips. 

Many people enjoy salsa on:

  • Sweet Potato or Corn Chips
  • Turkey or Beef Burgers 
  • Baked or Sweet potatoes 
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Eggs 
  • Tacos/Burritos/Quesadillas 
  • Mix in with tuna
  • Green Salads
  • Pork Chops 

Health Benefits of Salsa: 
  • Easy and tasty way to add an extra serving of fruits/vegetables to your diet 
  • Provides a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins, natural phytochemicals, fiber, protein, and potassium
  • Adds flavor without the sodium as long as it is prepared low sodium
Why cut the sodium?
Sodium is a mineral that is naturally found in foods and is also added to some foods. Sodium plays an important role maintaining fluid balance in the body.

Limiting dietary sodium has been associated with improved blood pressure and heart health. Reduced sodium diet may help to prevent the build up of excess fluid in the body.

Did you know?
Processed and restaurant foods account for 70% of adults’ dietary sodium intake. Salt added during home cooking only account for 5-6% of daily sodium intake.

Recipe:
Prep: 10min
Total Time: 10min
Servings: 12

Ingredients
·    1 ½ cup low sodium corn
     15 ounces low sodium black beans
1 medium mango, cubed
¼ onion, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, minced
2 Tbs lime juice
1 tsp garlic salt
¼ tsp ground cumin

Instructions
·     In a large bowl mix all the ingredient together
Refrigerate salsa for at least one hour to let the flavors blend
Serve as a dip or on top of your favorite dishes


Nutrient Analysis of Recipe:
Serving Size: ¼ cup
Calories: 70
Sat. Fat: 0g
Sodium: 314mg
Carbohydrate: 14g
Sugars: 6g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 3g

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jewett Street and Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary Schools Win 2018 Get Moving Manchester Trophies

Congratulations to first place winner, Jewett Street School and second place winner, Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School! They have been awarded the 2018 Get Moving Manchester trophy for the highest school participation for all four weeks of the program.




Get Moving Manchester is a four week nutrition and physical activity program that encourages healthy lifestyle habits based on the 5-2-1-0 concept of eating 5 fruits and vegetables daily, limiting screen time to 2 hours or less. exercising for 1 hour a day, and drinking 0 sugar based beverages. The program focuses on Manchester students in grades 3-6. Students track their habits daily for the four weeks of the program. Hayley Lane and Sherry Tellier, health teachers and all the classroom teachers did an excellent job of promoting the program at Jewett Street and Highland Goffe's Falls schools.

The trophies were presented by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vargas and Mayor Craig. Great work Jewett and Highland!