Asparagus is a great vegetable for a variety of reasons. It takes more calories to digest it than are actually found in it—some would say a vegetable of negative calories. One of the oldest recorded vegetables in the world; it is packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Asparagus comes in three varieties: 1) White, which is more delicate and is simply harvested before it hits the sun. 2) The purple variety is typically small and fruity. 3)The most notable, green asparagus has a tender crisp texture. It is also a perennial plant that grows great in the North Dakota. If the plants are gardened by a “green thumb” they could easily produce for years to come. How great would it be to harvest asparagus with your daycare children and then eat them as a snack every spring? Asparagus is great as a side dish with any main entrée, as a snack uncooked instead of your typical carrots and celery, in your favorite pasta salad, or just roll it up inside a slice of ham and cheese. If you are feeling daring give this healthy spin on guacamole a try.
*Use the Asparamole as a dip, for tacos, spread it on a sandwich, or just eat it by the spoonful. It isn’t quite guacamole, and it doesn’t have the calories or fat content either!
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Introducing children to them at a young age will improve their present and future health. Fresh produce must be handled safely to reduce the risk of food borne illness. There are a number of steps that foodservice employees can take to minimize the chances for fruits and vegetables they handle to become contaminated. Best practices for handling all types of produce are described below:
Recommendations for handling fresh produce
Training and General Food Safety Practices
The purpose of this memo is to provide sponsors participating in the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) with additional clarifications on making dietary accommodations for children with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 amended the Federal definition of disability, broadening it to cover additional individuals. Because of this broader definition, it is reasonable that program operators may see more children identified by their licensed physician as having a food-related disability than were identified previously.
Please be aware that a large amount of information about processes within NDFoods is communicated through the work queue on the NDFoods main page. It is suggested that you log into NDFoods a couple times a week to see if you have any messages.
Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play?
Meal counts for the CACFP program must be recorded at the time of the meal service. Center personnel must maintain a point- of- service meal count. Each meal is recorded on the meal count record as the meal is served to each child, or within a very short period of time thereafter. Meals that are not recorded on the meal count records within the time-frame of the meal service may not be claimed for reimbursement. A total head count or head count by category is not sufficient. Meal counts may not be determined from attendance records.
Meal count records may also record the eligibility category (free, reduced, or paid) of the child. Care should be taken to assure there is no overt discrimination in the classification and identification of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Centers that record eligibility classifications on the meal count records should use a code to distinguish between the free, paid and reduced-price.
During a program review, fiscal action may be taken if the meal count system yields incorrect meal counts.
A document has been added to the NDFoods HELP documents for sponsors to retrieve their payment information. On the Child Nutrition home web page; click on the ‘NDFoods Help Documents’ link (under the NDFoods icon). The process is listed under the ‘Claims for Reimbursement’ section. Click on the Help icon on the Search Claim Payments line ----If you have any questions, please contact Carla at 328-2319.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established procedures for the state agency (SA) to follow when they discover serious instances of non-compliance with CACFP regulations. These types of findings are known as serious deficiencies (SDs). The institution participating in CACFP may be declared SD if the SA reviewer encounters several areas of non-compliance, or when findings are serious or repeated.
Institutions always have the opportunity to address SD findings the first time they are discovered and are allowed a set timeline to make corrections. If an SD is fully corrected, it may be deferred. The next state agency review must be conducted ahead of schedule. Unannounced reviews may be conducted to verify that the corrective action fully corrects the SD finding(s). If the same SD finding recurs in the future, the institution may be terminated from CACFP participation without further opportunity for corrective action.
Termination means that the names of the institution and individual(s) will be placed on the National Disqualified List (NDL). Termination from CACFP participation is for seven (7) years. However, if the institution or individual has failed to repay debts owed under the program, they will remain on the NDL until the debt has been repaid.
The following are examples of noncompliance that could generally be described as SDs findings:
The goal of the state agency is to help you operate a successful CACFP so children and communities are served. We are also responsible to enforce compliance with regulations. Please contact your state agency if you have question to help you be in full compliance with CACFP reguirements.
What better way to enjoy the warmer weather than learning about foods by gardening. Below is a link to Grow it, Try it, Like it, a garden- themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff. This resource introduces children to three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.
The kit includes seven booklets, which feature the three fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm. It also has a CD-ROM with supplemental information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup's Picnic and Lunch Parties.
Each set of lessons in the six fruit or vegetable booklets contains: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPyramid for Preschoolers. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.
What are healthy food choices? What is a balanced diet?