Sunday, November 5, 2017

DRESS UP YOUR POPCORN!

Corn is a whole grain and popcorn can be a healthy snack when prepared correctly. Three cups of plain popped popcorn is only about 80 calories. Kernels can also be purchased in yellow, white and Non- GMO. Here are some ways to dress up your popcorn and avoid the artificial colorings and flavorings, unhealthy fats and sodium of the microwave popcorn.


First, start with the basics…
Ingredients:
½ cup popcorn kernels
1½ tablespoons of vegetable oil (sunflower, safflower, or canola)

Directions:
1.       Turn the stove onto medium heat.
2.       Place the oil in a medium sized pan.
3.       Add the kernels to the oil and cover to allow the kernels to pop.
4.       Remove the pan from the heat when the popping noise is 2-3 seconds apart.

Next… Dress it up!

Savory:
Add a small amount of parmesan cheese, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin, or any other savory spices

Sweet:
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or any other warming spices

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Serves: 4, 

Calories: 110, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Sodium: 1mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sugar: 0g, Dietary Fiber: 2.5g, Protein: 2g


Sunday, October 15, 2017

PUMPKIN PIE DIP

Ingredients
1 ¼ cup plain, nonfat or low fat Greek Yogurt or Icelandic Skyr 
(Skyr will make it thicker and can eliminate use of fat free cream to keep ingredients more natural)

¼ cup fat free cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup powdered sugar (can substitute honey) or to taste to lower sugar content

1 cup canned pumpkin pie filling, no sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger

Fresh apple or banana slices, 
graham crackers (check labels to avoid hydrogenated fat free  crackers)



Directions
Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar together on medium until smooth.

Add pumpkin and spices, beating well.  Fold in Greek yogurt.

Each serving provides an excellent source of vitamin A and C, folate, fiber, potassium and magnesium.

Cover and chill for 8 hours. Serve with green apples or banana slices or graham crackers.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Serves 12. Calories: 90, Carbohydrates: 15g, Total Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 0.9g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Protein: 3g.



              

Thursday, October 5, 2017

POWER HOUSE PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE - 130 calories




POWER HOUSE PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE –130 calories
·       1/2  cup Unsweetened Pumpkin Puree   =40 calories
·       1/2 of a container of nonfat Greek Yogurt or Icelandic Skyr = 60-70 calories
·       1/3 cup of Silk Pure Unsweetened Almond Milk (or nonfat milk – 45 calories)  =10 calories
·       1 splash of Maple Syrup  =10 calories (optional, but yummy)
·       ¼ tsp of coconut or vanilla extract = ZERO calories
·       One dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice  =ZERO calories
·       1/4 cup of ice  =ZERO calories
·       A light dusting of Graham Cracker Crumbs for topping  =trace calories (also optional)
·       Add a veggie of choice= Minimal calories (10 per ½ cup)
TOTAL =130-140 CALORIES of Pumpkin Pie Yumminess!



CHILDHOOD OBESITY RATES STABILIZING

Since 1980, rates of obesity have doubled in 2- to 5-year-olds, quadrupled in 6- to 11-year-olds, and tripled in 12- to 19-year-olds. Recent reports show encouraging signs that obesity rates are stabilizing, and even declining in certain populations in the United States. Some probable causes of obesity include culture, societal norms, community assets, and practices at home influence a child’s opportunity to make healthy choices and, in the end, influence weight status. One-third of children in the United States eat fast food. One study indicated that children of certain ethnicities have less opportunities for safe play and have more exposure to media advertisements regarding unhealthy food choices. Other nutrition factors include:
  • ·       Meals away from home 
  • ·       Large portions sizes
  • ·       Increased screen time
  • ·       Advertising
  • ·       Sugar sweetened beverages
  • ·       Availability and convenience of refined foods
  • ·       Decreased physical activity at home and at school
  • ·       Safety issues in their environment for physical activity

  • References: National Institute of Health, Tufts Universtity



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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 and address childhood obesity 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

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


FOOD & WELLNESS POLICY EVALUATION RESULTS

A recent evaluation of the Manchester School District compliance of the Food and Wellness Policy is completed by school administrators annually and shared with members of the Food and Wellness Policy Council and the Superintendent of Schools.

Many schools are supporting the district wellness policy by initiating non-food related fundraisers or adjusting the fundraisers to healthier food choices. Most schools teach nutrition in the classroom and encourage physical activity opportunities and clubs. School parties frequently offer healthier choices. Vending machine choices have improved. Most schools do not use physical activity as a punishment unless there is an issue with safety of other students.

Areas of improvement are still needed in the areas of food as a reward, school birthday parties in the elementary schools, school store food and beverage choices, recess before lunch to improve student's intake of lunch and the amount of physical activity offered during the school day.


An annual district corrective action plan will be developed and shared with school administrators and the Superintendent of Schools. If you are a parent and are interested in participating on the district's Food and Wellness Policy Council, please email Sue Sheehy at SueSheehy@aol.com.