National School Breakfast Week seems the perfect backdrop to unveil our latest online game, Power Up Your Breakfast. Designed to be used on its own or as part of our classroom nutrition lessons, Power Up Your Breakfast help young children select from a wide variety of food options in an effort to assemble a healthy breakfast featuring three out of the five food groups.
Rooted in the latest education and online gaming learning theories, Power Up Your Breakfast is an online game that stresses the importance of eating a balanced breakfast every day. Read more about the game here and how it can be integrated into classroom or at home learning.
We hope you've enjoyed our series of tips, articles and blogs that help you Make Time for School Breakfast during National School Breakfast week. Stay tuned for more healthy eating ideas throughout March as we Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month!.
When you think of breakfast, what’s the first food that comes to mind? Fruit and yogurt parfaits? Scrambled eggs and toast? Or maybe the ever-popular milk and cereal? What if these breakfast foods are unfamiliar to you?
Luckily, if you’re a student in Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, school foodservice director Ms. Lightfoot-Handy has a solution. While all school meals have to follow a set of state and federal nutrition standards, the Breakfast in the Classroom program at Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District keeps taste and cultural relevance on the menu. Ms. Lightfoot-Handy knows that a food is not nutritious unless the students eat it. While cereal and milk remain a perennial breakfast favorite, in a district where the majority of students are Hispanic, there is a special market to incorporate some more cultural breakfast foods into the rotation.
When you thought of breakfast at the beginning of this article, did you think of breakfast quesadillas or concha bread? In Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, these foods are already on the menu. They may not be the ‘typical’ breakfast foods many of us enjoy in the mornings, but they can still fit within the government nutrition standards and are a great way to incorporate some variety into the breakfast routine.
This new mindset about breakfast is setting in at households across the state, and in school districts as well. Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District shows how with a little creativity, districts can better cater to the cultural food preferences of your breakfast eaters. For more breakfast ideas across an array of cultures, check out Dairy Council of California’s Food Guide, Celebration of Culture.
In the spirit of school breakfast week, make breakfast a priority from March 3-7. Whether you sit down to eat breakfast in the classroom or stop by the school cafeteria, take some time to get your day off to a nutritious start.
Phoebe Copp, Community Nutrition Adviser
At Wilkerson Elementary in the El Monte City School District, breakfast in the classroom is served every day to every student so no one starts the day hungry. With all the students fueled up for learning, teachers report better attendance, attention and attitudes.
Recently, Wilkerson Elementary hosted local and state officials to share how they make breakfast in the classroom a reality every day.
State and national meal standards ensure that meals served in the classroom are just as nutritious as meals served in the classroom.
And with simple delivery and clean up equipment, like insulated totes, trash cans and wipes, teachers can make sure their children get a balanced breakfast with minimal classroom disruption.
And since eating breakfast leads to higher test scores and better academic achievement, it's in the best interest of both teachers and students to Make Time for School Breakfast at Wilkerson Elementary.
Contact your local district school foodservice director to learn if funding for breakfast in the classroom is available at your child's school today!
We wanted to kick off our series for National School Breakfast Week with a look at the health reasons behind the importance of breakfast. We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why?
We asked Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, M.S., R.D., a family nutrition expert, author and founding editor of Raise Healthy Eaters, to look into the latest research and tell us why breakfast is really so important – especially for kids. Here is her article: 5 Ways Breakfast Helps Children Thrive
Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month® with healthy recipes from all five food groups.
Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!
Squash + Leek Lasagna, EatingWell.
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