March/April 2019 Newsletter

Garden Gazette

March/April 2019

Upcoming Events:

March 5: Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Supper Fundraiser 5:30pm

March 25-March 29: Spring Break!

April 19- Noon Dismissal & Easter Party

REMINDERS

Send a jacket with your child every day!

Please put an ice pack in with any perishable lunch food!

Every family needs to provide blankets from home for nap time!

Highlighting Nutrition for Preschoolers

Choose My Plate icon

The Choose My Plate icon is a guideline to help you and your child eat a healthy diet. My Plate can help you and your child eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right amount of calories and fat.

The USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have prepared food plate to guide parents in selecting foods for children age 2 and older.

The My Plate icon is divided into five food group categories, emphasizing the nutritional intake of the following:

  • Grains. Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products. Examples include whole wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal.
  • Vegetables. Vary your vegetables. Choose a variety of colorful vegetables, including dark green, red, and orange vegetables, legumes (peas and beans), and starchy vegetables.
  • Fruits. Any fruit or 100 percent fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut up, or pureed.
  • Dairy. Milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Focus low-fat products, as well as those that are high in calcium.
  • Protein. Go lean on protein. Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Vary your protein routine—choose more fish, nuts, seeds, peas, and beans.

Read more at https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=preschooler-nutrition-90-P02273

We Want to Say Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who came and was able to share their occupations with the children!  They had a great time with the visitors! Here are some of the happy times we had this past month during the presentations!

Easy recipe to try! : Quick and Easy Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese! (shhh..they’ll never know)

This quick hidden veggie mac and cheese comes together in only 5 minutes and gets its creaminess from veggies! The perfect toddler mac and cheese, this quick hidden veggie mac and cheese is healthier and way better than boxed! Made with frozen cauliflower rice and carrots, Barilla Ready Pasta, and a bit of cheddar cheese, this quick hidden veggie mac and cheese will become a staple in yours kids’ diets.

Ingredients

  • 1 8.5-ounce bag Barilla Ready Pasta Penne
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 tablespoon frozen carrots
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk or dairy, plus more to thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt , to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Place frozen cauliflower rice, carrots, and 2 tablespoons almond milk in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave 2 minutes or until hot, stirring after the first minute. Transfer to a blender, add garlic powder, and process until very smooth, adding more milk if necessary to thin. Add salt to taste then scrape out of blender. Sprinkle in cheese and stir until very smooth.
  2. Knead the bag of Barilla Ready Pasta Penne. Tear to vent and microwave 60 seconds. Pour pasta into bowl and toss to coat. Add more salt to taste and serve.

Recipe courtesy, 40aprons.com

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