Monday 27 May 2013

Making it Happen!

JP Robarts delivery.jpgCommunity can be a powerful support for a school.  Especially when it comes to feeding children.  When the stove at JP Robarts was on the fritz they were eager to find a way to keep healthy meals for their children coming!  A lot of effort went into looking for possibilities to solve the problem.

When a Community Developer with the Child and Youth Network Family Centre in their neighbourhood - Argyle heard about the situation she spread the word in the community and with the help of Impact Junk Solutions they were able to get a working stove for the program.

Whenever there is a problem that you alone can not solve don't hesitate to ask others for help!  We are working together to feed our children so they can have healthy bodies and active minds!

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Frozen Berry Shapes

An Easy, Fun Snack for Warm Days!

Looking for snack ideas that kids can help with and that will be cool and healthy on warm days?

Try making frozen berry shapes!

They are easy to make!  Just follow these steps:

1. Get some ice cube trays that are in shapes - you can find them in grocery stores, drug stores, kitchen stores, and even some dollar stores.
2.  Choose any kind of berries
3.  Cut the berries into pieces that can fit into all the crevices of the shapes in your tray
4.  Fill a squeeze bottle with water and have the kids fill the remaining spaces in your tray with water.
5.  Put them in the freezer!

Once they are frozen you can add them to yogurt, put them in glasses of water, or eat them as they are!

berry flavored water
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Monday 13 May 2013

Colour-packed salads for healthy active minds!

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Salads can be boring and intimidating for children, but we know that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is important!  How can we make salad interesting for children?
  • Try packing it with colour!  The more choices children have within a salad, the more likely they are to try it.  Making it brights and colourful can make it more tempting to try, especially for little ones.  Try tying it to a lesson about colours for children who are still trying to learn and remember all the different colours.  For older kids use the chart posted in a previous post about eating through the rainbow and have them try to remember what each coloured fruit or vegetable has in it for our bodies.
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  • Try putting both fruit and vegetables in salad together! You can minimize the lettuce and add other things to liven it up, add more flavour and make it more interesting.  Somethings that can go great in salads are:
      • Beets
      • Cherries
      • Oranges
      • Strawberries
      • Peppers of all colours
      • blueberries
      • Apples
      • Grapes
      • Advocados
      • raisins/craisins
      • Corn
      • Beans
      • Chick peas 
      • Edamame
      • Peas
  • Try adding low-fat yogurt to the salad instead of traditional dressing.  It is a healthy option and sometimes sweetening it up can appeal to kids.
  • Salad can be fun, don't be afraid to try new things!  Getting kids to participate in making salad can make them more likely to try it!

Thursday 9 May 2013

Breakfast creates active and engaged minds!

After not eating all night while sleeping, a child’s brain needs a fresh supply of glucose, or blood sugar. For growing minds, choose foods that are rich in whole grains, fibre and protein. Eating breakfast cereals and food with low or no added sugar can improve kids’ attention span, concentration and memory, making it easier for them to focus and follow along with classroom activities.

Eating breakfast is important in keeping children's minds healthy and active for the school day.  A child is better able to absorb more information after they have started the day with a healthy breakfast.

Eating breakfast can also help balance a child's metabolism and maintain healthy weight.  Children who do not eat breakfast are often more likely to want sugary snacks throughout the day which can create unnecessary weight gain.

Food can drastically affect a child's mood and behaviour.  Children who do not eat breakfast are more likely to be sleepy, unreceptive, and uncooperative than those who have eaten a healthy sack or meal before coming to class.

A healthy breakfast is important for every child.  A well-fed mind is an active and engaged mind!

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Food of the Month

The weather is warming up!  Why not enjoy some juicy oranges in your snacks?

There are many health benefits that come with including oranges in your diet and their sweet and good to eat! These are just a few of the benefits:

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  •  As you may already know oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C—just one orange supplies 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C!  Vitamin C is a great support for a healthy immune system and prevents free radical damage in the body which prevents artery blockage and reduces inflammatory diseases in the body such as asthma or lung disease.

  • According to research by Italian researchers in the Division of Human Nutrition at the University of Milan, Italy (Guarnieri S, Riso P, et al., British Journal of Nutrition), eating an orange or drinking a glass of orange juice is better than taking a vitamin C supplement alone.  The vitamin works best with the other nutrients in the orange for optimal immune system support.
  • Oranges are high in Phytonutrients which combined with the high vitamin C content in oranges are great antioxidants!  Drinking orange juice does not guarantee these nutrients as they are found in the white part surrounding the juicy orange.