Saturday, March 3, 2018


Get Moving Manchester is an optional 4-week nutrition and physical activity journal program for Manchester students in grades 3-5, potentially impacting over 3000 students. The program begins on March 19 and ends April 13. Students will be given a log at school to keep track of healthy habits based on the concept of 5-2-1-0.  The concept focuses on eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day, 2 hours of screen time or less, 1 hour of physical activity and drinking 0 sugar based beverages. The goal of the program is to increase an awareness of healthy lifestyle habits. 
The elementary school with the highest and second highest percentage of student participation will receive Get Moving Manchester trophies presented by the mayor and superintendent of schools. Last year's winning schools were McLaughlin Middle School and Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School. 

Incentives and raffles include Palace Theatre tickets, Fisher Cats tickets, gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods and more. At the end of the 4 weeks, students will be entered into a raffle to win a bike donated by Bike Barn (pictured here). Click on the kickoff video link featuring the Fisher Cats mascot, Fungo. This video was made possible through our partnership with the Fisher Cats and Catholic Medical Center.

Get Moving, Manchester schools and fill out those logs to be eligible for some great raffles and incentives! Most importantly, be a winner of health!  

Special thanks to Get Moving Manchester program sponsors: Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Dartmouth Hitchcock, Fisher Cats, Palace Theatre, Anagnost Companies, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bike Barn and Indian Head Athletics. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


February is “heart” month so be good to your heart. Here are six steps to a healthier heart.

¨ EXERCISE: For a healthier heart, exercise 150 minutes per week. To maintain a “healthy” weight, exercise 60 minutes most days of the week.

¨ DON’T SMOKE: Smoking is among the top preventable causes of heart disease and certain types of causes also.

¨ EAT PLENTY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS: Include a variety of five or more fruits and vegetables a day for children and seven or more for adults.

¨ EAT WHOLE GRAIN FOODS: Include foods such as whole wheat bread, cereals, and pasta. Look for the “whole grain” label on foods.

¨  INCLUDE HEALTHY FATS: Try peanuts, avocados, and olive oil. Avoid saturated fats and trans fat which contribute to heart disease. Saturated fats are found in butter, whole milk and dairy products and fatty meats. Trans fats are found in some margarines, snacks foods, processed foods and many other items so check those labels!

¨ LIMIT YOUR SODIUM INTAKE: Try ground pepper, fresh or dried herbs or spices, lemon instead of salt. Go easy on canned soups, cold cuts, frozen dinners, chips and other processed foods.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Pasta Shakers - New Menu Item

A new menu item is now being featured on the elementary school menu.....Pasta Shakers! Check out the menu and look for this item that layers healthy garbanzo beans, shredded carrots, sliced cukes and whole grain pasta seasoned with Italian dressing. Pasta shakers make healthy FUN for kids!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


3 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well), reduced sodium or no sodium
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup quick oats
¼-1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

¾ - 1 cup chocolate chips (I also think less than ¾ cup works well but this is personal preference)
Chocolate chips for presentation
Add some walnuts and/or ground flax for added nutrition

Black Bean Brownies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies. The trick with these: serve them first, and then reveal the secret ingredient. You can also make a thicker brownie and cutting them into smaller pieces by using 1 1/2 times the recipes. Cooking time increases slightly.

Yield: 18-24 brownies

Per Black Bean Brownie:
Calories: 137
Fat: 6g
Carbs: 15-19g
Sugars 10g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 3g
Sodium: 17mg

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Mulled Cider

A warm and fragrant addition to any festive fall or winter event.
*Recipe from Guiding Stars
Servings: 10
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

 2 quarts apple cider
4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon allspice
6 pieces orange peel


  1. In a stock pot, combine all the ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool a bit and strain. Serve warm or cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Reheat and serve in mugs.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 6.4 fluid ounces

Calories: 130               Fat: 0.5 g                     Saturated fat: 0 g            Sodium: 10 mg Carbohydrates: 32 g  Fiber: 1.5 g                  Sugar: 25 g                 Protein: 1 g