Sunday, June 18, 2017

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





Friday, May 12, 2017

Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School and McLaughlin Middle School Win 2017 Get Moving Manchester Trophies

Congratulations to Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School and McLaughlin Middle School! They have been awarded the 2017 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. Susan Matthews, principal, Sherry Tellier, health teacher and all the classroom teachers did an excellent job of promoting the program as did Bill Krantz and his staff at McLaughlin Middle School.

The trophies will be presented by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vargas and Mayor Gatsas. Great work McLaughlin and Highland!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

BIKE BARN DONATES GRAND PRIZE FOR GET MOVING MANCHESTER

Get Moving Manchester, the 4 week nutrition and physical activity journal program for students in grades 3-6 is approaching week 4! That means it is almost time to select the winning elementary and middle schools, the winning class and the winning student! 

The winning elementary and middle schools will receive the Get Moving Manchester trophy. The trophy will be presented by the mayor and superintendent of schools for the highest percentage of participation. 

The winning class will be honored at the Fisher Cats game on May 5 and will receive free tickets for the class to attend the game. The class will be selected according to how much nutrition or physical activity effort or creativity the class has demonstrated during the program. 

The winning student will receive the grand prize. This student has completed his/her log all four weeks of the program and will be entered into the district raffle. The winner will be awarded a bike donated by Bike Barn. The bike can be chosen according to age. One bike choice is a 20” Specialized Hotrock Coaster brake for the younger kids or the other is a 24” Schwinn Frontier for the older kids.  The winner can use the cash value equivalent towards the purchase of an upgraded bike.  The cash equivalent is $250.00 per bike. 

Thanks to Bike Barn and all our sponsors who have made this program possible: Catholic Medical Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Manchester, Fisher Cats, Palace Theatre, Sky Zone, and Spare Time Bowling.

 GET MOVING MANCHESTER!!!!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

GET MOVING MANCHESTER 2017

Get Moving Manchester is a 4-week nutrition and physical activity journal program for Manchester students in grades 3-6. The program begins on March 20 and ends April 14. 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 elementary and middle school with the highest percentage of student participation will receive the Get Moving Manchester trophy presented by the mayor and superintendent of schools. The winning class who shows the most effort in the program or is the most innovative will be honored at a Fisher Cats game on May 5 and will receive free tickets for the teacher and her students! 

Program sponsors include Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Dartmouth Hitchcock, Fisher Cats, Palace Theatre, Spare Time Bowling, Sky Zone and Indian Head Athletics. Incentives and raffles include palace theatre tickets, Fisher Cats tickets, bowling coupons, Sky Zone and Indian Head Athletics.  

The goal of the program is to increase an awareness of healthy lifestyle habits. Last years winning schools were McLaughlin Middle School and Highland Goffes Falls Elementary School. 

Get Moving Manchester and fill out those logs to be eligible for some great raffles and incentives including a surprise grand prize at the end of the 4 weeks! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

GO B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

EASY BANANA BREAD RECIPE
(makes one loaf)
4 bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups flour  (try mixing half whole wheat or almond flour too!)
1/4 cup butter or nut butter
1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten or 1 egg & 2 egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine bananas, applesauce and softened butter. Add eggs, vanilla and mix. Add sugar and baking soda. Add flour and mix well. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for an hour or until toothpick comes clean.

10 WAYS TO USE RIPE BANANAS 


Banana bread, banana muffins, banana chips, banana with cereal, frozen banana pop, banana smoothie, chocolate covered banana, banana milkshake, banana with cereal, peanut butter & banana sandwich