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Hoover kids learn to share ­­– not waste — leftover food

24 Apr


Anyone who has ever prepared food for children knows it’s not always easy to get them to clean their plates or finish a meal.

So you can imagine what it’s like in a school cafeteria, where kids decide for themselves when they’re done and what they will or won’t eat.

Lots of food gets thrown away, but Hoover schools have joined a host of schools across the country that are trying to prevent food waste by implementing what they call “share tables.”

When kids get through eating, if they still have food left over, they can put certain food and drink items on the share table for someone else to pick up.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture does, however, have specific best practices they encourage schools to use if they have share tables, and Hoover schools follow those guidelines, child nutrition director Melinda Bonner said.

Children can only put whole pieces of fruit or unopened prepackaged items, such as a bag of baby carrots or sliced apples, on the share table. Unopened milk or juice containers also are accepted and are put in a container of ice to keep them cool.

At the end of the day, any leftover milk is discarded and food items are donated to Magic City Harvest, a nonprofit that gathers leftover food from grocery stores, restaurants, schools and hospitals and distributes it to agencies that feed people, Bonner said.

But most Hoover schools find ways to distribute leftover food to their own students who need or want it, she said.

At Trace Crossings Elementary, enrichment teacher Jodi Tofani carries the food to her classroom, where kids use it for snacks. Special education teachers who work in her hall get food for their students who might need it, she said. With the exception of two milk bottles, “every single Friday, it’s all gone.”

At Simmons Middle School, child nutrition manager Teresa Short typically carries about 100 items left over from the share table to the bus lines and offers food for kids to take home with them.

“Even though we’re Hoover, we know that children go home and don’t have snacks,” Short said. “It might be a long time ‘til momma comes home and cooks. … We’re trying anything that could help our kids get through to supper.”

Usually, all the food is taken, she said.

Simmons was one of the first Hoover schools to implement share tables, doing so in the 2017-18 school year, Short said. Now, all the schools offer them, Bonner said.

Tofani, at Trace Crossings, said the program required a little bit of training. Kids had to learn they couldn’t take a bite out of an apple and still put it on the share table, she said.

Older students in her enrichment classes made signs to explain the rules and help supervise the table to make sure all the kids know what can and can’t go there.

Tofani’s students counted one day, and there were 158 items donated, she said. Juice, fruit and milk were the main items donated, but sometimes kids will share other things, she said.

Exactly half of those items were picked up by other students during meal times, and the other half were distributed throughout the day, she said. More items are donated during breakfast because by lunchtime, more kids have developed a full appetite, she said.

J.M. Galbraith, one of the fourth-graders who helps with the share table, said most of the children who put food on the table are kindergartners, while the older kids are the ones who take things off of it.

Leilani Bell, a second-grader at Trace Crossings, said she thinks the share table is great. Sometimes, she doesn’t want her cereal, so she’ll put it on the share table so somebody else can have it, she said.

Otherwise, “that’s just wasting your money,” she said. “You have to pay for this food.”

Another time, she picked up a chocolate milk from the share table for herself, she said.

Annabelle Hudson, another second-grader, said she has given to and taken from the share table as well. “I think it’s very kind to share all the food because sharing is caring,” she said.

Create Healthy Children Meals For Your Baby

2 Nov

It may feel like an impossible task, but there are some simple ways to come up with some healthy children meals that actually taste good too. The key is to get them involved in the process, teach them healthy habits early on, and to use ingredients or recipes that they like. You do want to cater it to your child’s tastes a bit, but in the end you may need to also get a bit creative. That’s what parenting is all about!

Kids want food that looks good and tastes good. It also helps if the meal is fun in any way as that’s an instant way to get them interested. If the foods that you present to them tastes good and peaks their interest, then they are sure to gobble it down. So while it may seem like an impossible task, you just might be surprised at how well the meals that you prepare can entice your kids and help them to eat healthier.

First and foremost get your kids involved in learning about proper nutrition early on. Teach them how some foods are treats while others are to be enjoyed anytime. This will not only help them to develop good habits, but help them to turn away from foods that aren’t good for them. Also let them watch you in the kitchen from an early age and turn each meal into a learning opportunity.

Children Meals

When they get old enough let them help you to pick out recipes and ingredients that they like. When they’re old enough (usually 8+) put them in charge of dinner one night a week where they get to pick the recipes from a trusted source. You just might be surprised with what they pick. Let them help you with chopping up the vegetables and putting the meal together. If they are a part of the process then they are more likely to eat what they have made.

Healthy children meals also have to center around their favorite foods and dishes. So they can still enjoy pizza, but may need to help in making their own. Try a whole wheat crust, low fat mozzarella, chicken or lean ham, and then let them pick all of the vegetables that they want for a healthy and delicious pizza.

Healthy Children Meal

Search out healthy alternatives for favorites like macaroni and cheese. Use low fat milk and cheese, cut down on the butter, and even consider adding in some ground up carrots or butternut squash. They get some real nutritional value and they won’t even realize the differences. Healthy children meals have to incorporate their favorites in a creative and sometimes subtle way, then they never realize that they are missing out on anything!

Kids love color on their plates so really capitalize on this idea. Add in some colorful fruits and vegetables to keep things interesting. Try introducing a new one each week or present them in a fun way like making faces out of them. Kids also love to dip things so create a fun yogurt dip for fruit sticks. Put out hummus with vegetables for a healthy dip that ties in well to dinner.

Make “sushi” at home using cucumber, cream cheese, and some grated carrots so that you roll them up to make them yummy and healthy. The key to healthy children meals is to get creative, use color, and above all make it fun. If you can incorporate these elements and allow them to be a part of the process, then they will opt for healthy choices that taste good and that are good for them. A true win-win for both parent and child!

How To Give The Best Children Food To Your Children

7 Mar

I believe that all the parents in the world hope that their children are the healthiest and strongest one in the world, if so, we must give the children best children food. Youngsters need nutrients to provide electrical energy, promote growth and development of system tissue, and also control body characteristics. This is why you ought to promote a nutritious eating plan in youngsters when they are vibrant. Preschool mother and father who are looking forward to displaying little ones to generate proper food choices might check these types of business-like ideas.

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Mom and dad would be the major effect inside life-style with regards to young children. If bad consumer habits are often below stand out, it has an undesirable effect on children food choices later in life. Reveal to children the value of virtually any well-balanced eating habits by upholding your eating habits healthful.

Although children obtain hungry involving foods, have fresh fruit plus greens designed for these to take in. This will aid to meet youngsters’ diet requires along with earn these folks not as likely to be successful in cheaply nourishing meal’s options.

Children FoodFast Another choices following a used food data by which restriction’s unhealthy foods. Foods’s restaurants are usually speedy, simple, as well as simple to buy; but they’re legislation the actual preschooler’s wellness. These kinds of dining establishments supply fatty foods with no vitamins and minerals. In like manner, motivate balanced eating routine in kids, protect fast food joint’s adventures straight down.

Allow young kids to assist you making use of menus preparing, food shopping, and in addition dinner organizing. They are able to click the actual getting stroller, pick up items on diminished shelving, wash lettuce, peel from the lime oatmeal, as well as increase elements to be able to foods. Being tried and included demonstrates to little ones the value of beneficial having. Kids will also appreciate which your cost their own landscapes sufficient allowing. they will assist any time creating the balanced diet.
When you find yourself an outstanding function design, including small children inside dinner arranging, getting healthy foods readily available, following usda recommendations, along with steering clear of fast food, kids have decided to discover how to help make better eating habits once and for all. It ie very important to give the nutrient and healthy food to your children.

Braised Fish – Delicious Chinese Dish

8 Dec

Braised fish in soy sauce is the basic craft of Chinese dish. The distinguishing characteristics are it looks red and glossy, rich in smell and thick in gravy. Both sides of the fish slice must be fried to become golden yellow, a thin crispy layer of skin should be left on the top before you take it out of the hot oil pot. Carp can see in the near infrared and near ultraviolet ranges and are far more sensitive than the average human! Also carp hear extremely well too and they can hear sounds in overlapping frequency range to humans (which means what you hear they hear including 10 decibel bite alarms contacting your line!) Carp learn to fear due to instinctively programmed negative associations so anglers must beware of all they are doing! Now read on to discover more about fish senses and how to use them to your advantage to catch more fish!

It seems to me he would appreciate all that free food and in response kindly jump on your hook by way of thanks. But then maybe he also does not particularly like hearing the vibration of your tight lines in the water sending out vibrations like so many wind turbines on your doorstep. Or maybe he would prefer a more musical melody coming down your fishing lines from your bite alarms set at full volume! As quoted by someone, the saying that “Chinese not just enjoy eating but believe eating good dishes may bring harmony and closeness towards the family and relationships” is true. Chinese dishes are extremely unique and tasty dishes that have gained acceptance and found its variations on the way.

The real key of the dishes would be that the dishes items are fresh and crisp and usually non greasy. The Chinese cuisines owned by this category in addition have a strong aroma. The soups if thin in the consistency, do understand and when thick are extremely creamy having a strong flavor. There is lots of deep-frying, stir-frying, pan-frying and grilling utilized by Jinan chefs. Further, the Jiaodong cooks are recognized for dishes items having a light taste. A few of the famous Chinese cuisines with this category are Bird’s Nest Soup and Yellow River Carp in Sweet and Sour Sauce. A carp can see into near infrared so when at the surface or slightly out of the water do you think there is half a chance your own body heat will give you away like you were dressed like a luminescent Ronald MacDonald?! Mr Carp in all likelihood would know all about you in ways you have no conception of and that science has yet to discover. A carp can see into near infrared so when at the surface or slightly out of the water do you think there is half a chance your own body heat will give you away like you were dressed like a luminescent Ronald MacDonald?! Mr Carp in all likelihood would know all about you in ways you have no conception of and that science has yet to discover.

Back to School (and Work) Lunches

24 Oct

I’ve been writing and testing dozens of new back-to-school recipes for the past couple of weeks, and ironically, neglecting my own lunch in the process.

That all changed this afternoon when I spied in my box of cookbooks (we’re still unpacking boxes at the new house) 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by the amazing Alison Lewis of Ingredients, Inc. Alison and I met (virtually) while developing recipes for a mutual freelance client, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.

  The minute I saw Alison’s book peeking over the top of the half-unpacked moving box, I knew it was time to get the heck out of my lunch rut and make myself something {wicked} good. I was craving vegetables (I’m sure because one had not touched my lips in days) and found the perfect inspiration in her Roasted Vegetable Wrap.

I didn’t have all of the exact ingredients on hand, but was able to substitute with the organic vegetables hanging out in the crisper. That’s the beauty of a sandwich (and probably why we love them) — sandwiches are so easy going. I also used flat bread instead of a tortilla wrap. The poor thing got left in the oven one minute too long and crisped right up. Despite, it was still just as delicious and exactly what I needed.

You can read Alison’s original Roasted Vegetable Wrap recipe on her web site. And if you need to wing it one day, I’m proof that works, too.

I’ll never know how she managed to write and test 400+ sandwich recipes for her book, but I’m sure glad she did. Now no one has an excuse for a boring or uninspired back-to-school or back-to-work lunch.

How to cake pancakes

28 Sep

My family enjoyed the pancakes topped with butter and sour cream. I also served homemade apple sauce on the side, which turned out to be a lovely combination. The texture of these pancakes is great! My son loved them and I loved seeing my son eating up his vegetables (secretly hidden in those pancakes) and since breakfast is my husband’s favorite meal, he loved them too! Now, its “breakfast for dinner” at our house.

Start by shredding 1 ½ cups of vegetables. For my pancakes, I used zucchini, carrot and onion and then added some frozen corn. But you can use whatever vegetables you like. (And if your child is not ready for chunky foods, you can pre-cook and puree the vegetables and place them in the batter that way). Once shredded or pureed, place the vegetables aside. Crack open three eggs and place one full egg and two of the egg whites into a small bowl. Whip the eggs and then add the butter and mix until creamy. Now, add the milk and vegetables and stir all of the wet ingredients together.

In a large bowl, add the wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix the dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix them together. At this point, heat up a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Add a bit of butter to the pan, if desired, to help keep the pancakes from sticking. Pour on about 1/8 cup of batter for each pancake – on my griddle I cooked three pancakes at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes, until bottom of pancake is set. Flip and continue cooking for 2 minutes. The recipe makes about 12 pancakes. I like to keep the cooked pancakes in a warm oven as I cook the remaining batter.

For other yummy pancake recipes that sneak in the veggies, try these Fresh Corn and Zucchini Cakes or Carrot Cake Pancakes.

1 ½ cups of vegetables (shredded zucchini, carrot, onion and frozen corn)

3 eggs (1 full egg and 2 egg whites)

4 TB (½ stick) butter

1 ¾ cups milk

Dry Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cornmeal

¼ cup oats

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

Pancake to your children

27 Sep

My toddler seems to gravitate toward foods such as toast and crackers rather than the vegetables I wish he’d eat. It seems to be a textural thing rather than taste, so by marrying grains with vegetables, I can give him a healthy, well-balanced meal he’ll enjoy eating.Small children arranged in advance by their parents.

As a new mom, the concept of having a “play date” was completely foreign to me. I mean, when I was single, dating was hard enough and now I’m expected to be social and meet new parents with a baby in tow?However, after going with my son on his first play date, I discovered that play dates aren’t scary at all.

In fact, they provide an environment for children to meet other children, while moms and dads can interact with other adults. In fact, I’ve learned a lot about everything from child development to healthy foods for children while sipping coffee and chatting with other parents as our kids happily played with toys.I am always trying to find ways to add more vegetables to my family’s diet. On one of our play dates, my new mom friend, Mandy Hutton, suggested vegetable pancakes!

Mandy said, “It’s great to have more options for meals and I like the fact that this recipe is an all-in-one meal. I try to make a big batch ahead of time, then just microwave each pancake one by one, as needed.” As soon as Mandy mentioned the pancakes, I couldn’t wait to get home and whip up a batch of my own.