Will a home-cooked meal solve all problems?

Image courtesy of amazon.com A common theme that seems to be coming back around is that if we spend more time in the kitchen cooking meals for our families, we will be healthier and stronger. Is it really that “simple”? In their book, “Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We … Continued

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!!

Photo courtesy of USDA Snap-Ed USDA Snap-Ed has done it again!! Irish comfort food at its best (and healthy, too!). For recipes to go with your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, visit the Snap-Ed recipe webpage to see dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Cabbage Comfort, and, for a vegetarian option, Vegetable Stew. Finish the meal off with Banana … Continued

Gardening on a SNAP Budget

Photo courtesy of SNAPgardens.org Did you know SNAP benefits can be used to buy seeds and food-producing plants? It’s true! According to the USDA, “For every $1 dollar spent on seeds and fertilizer, home gardeners can grow an average of $25 worth of produce. Growing food from seeds and plants makes SNAP benefits last longer, … Continued

Local Foods in CACFP

The USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) has an excellent Farm to Preschool resource page on their website. Included on this page, is a Local Foods in CACFP Policy Memo that explains how to include local foods and agriculture-based education in early care and education (ECE) settings. At the end of the memo is a … Continued

Professional Development Wednesday

Cradled at the Table: Mindful Eating to Support Healthy Development Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:00-3:15 p.m. EST Register Today! For young children, healthy nutrition and the feeding environment are integral to their growth and development. Today, with concerns about obesity and the impacts of social determinants of health, tension around feeding children runs high both … Continued

Celebrate Love!

  SNAP-Ed is an excellent resource for healthy, affordable meals. Their latest menu is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! “Start with the Pink Party Salad followed by Baked Parmesan Fish, a side of Kale with Nuts and Raisins, and Brown Rice Pilaf. For a vegetarian meal, serve the Caribbean Casserole as the entree. The Fudgy Fruit … Continued

What’s Cookin’?

Have you ever stood in front of your cabinets or refrigerator at dinnertime thinking, “What in the world am I going to cook for dinner?”  The Eat Together PA website, sponsored by the PA Nutrition Education Network (PA NEN), is an amazing resource full of recipe ideas, kitchen how-to’s, and healthy eating options.  Have WIC … Continued

Cooking Demonstrations

Capital Area Head Start’s Nutrition Coordinator, Karlie Summy, R.D., has hosted family engagement cooking demonstrations using recipes from our new cookbook, My Family’s Plate Latino Edition, available in Spanish and English! At the event pictured, Karlie demonstrated how to make Chicken Avocado Wraps and Smoothies. Attendees customized two smoothies, using this sheet to choose their … Continued

Farm to Table Education

Getting an early start on teaching children where their food comes from is important to establishing nutritious, healthy eating habits. Including curriculum that teaches the importance of healthy eating and offering opportunities for hands-on experience with healthy foods in early childhood programs are excellent ways in the classroom to promote nutrition. Bright Horizons has compiled … Continued