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Making Mondays Count

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  Although many families rely on the stroke of midnight to commit to a new lifestyle goal, such as eating healthier, exercising more or catching up on those much needed ZZZs, researchers at John Hopkins University have devised a better plan for achieving long-lasting results — focus on a healthier ...
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Preparing for the Chilly Months Ahead

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  With the season’s first snowflakes swirling across the Northeast, it’s crucial to formulate an action plan against the winter’s notorious coughs and sniffles. The good news? There are many ways to help safeguard your family against the looming cold and flu season — and it’s easier than you think!...
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An American Classic: Andrew's Apple Pie

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Can you believe that it is Thanksgiving time already? Our thoughts turn to traditions and holiday food favorites, and sometimes we just need to spice up the old with a little bit of new—so why not try out a new recipe? Once your turkey is roasted to perfection, it’s time to turn your sights to a tra...
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I Must Be Nuts

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  Nuts have been a widely-used source of protein for thousands of years. The Romans and Egyptians made wide use of nuts in many dishes. Did you know that in 1995, archaeologists, having unearthed a Mesolithic pit on the Hebridean island of Colonsay, found traces of hundreds of thousands of burnt ha...
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Quinoa in the Spotlight

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  Quinoa is an excellent alternative for making the switch to a more whole grain rich diet. Known to researchers and health aficionados as the “mother grain,” quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient grain that has been celebrated for its nutritional benefits for thousands of years. In fact, acco...
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Sweetening a Soldier’s Halloween

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  Smiling faces. Happy hearts. One of the greatest gifts we can teach children early in life is the spirit and power of giving. Nothing compares to the heart-healthy, mental and emotional benefits associated with brightening someone’s day. Instantly, our mood is lifted; our stress is relieved; and ...
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Eating Healthy on a Budget

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  Tight budget? No problem! Eating healthy, and fitting more fruits and veggies into your shopping cart, shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality or flavor — or more importantly, your finances. All it takes is a little bit of planning! Here are a few low-cost solutions to make healthy eating achievable f...
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Let's Talk Lunch!

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  October is not only a time to celebrate Halloween and the fall harvest; it is also a time to celebrate school lunch! National School Lunch Week is just around the corner and this year we are celebrating it the week of October 13th.   National School Lunch Week (NSLW) was created in 1962 by Pres...
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Welcome to Fall! Our Featured Recipe: Butternut Squash & Sage Soup

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Can you believe it is fall already? Where did the summer go? Though as much as I enjoyed the barbecues and other summer treats, I am looking forward to the change in seasons—and with it, a revisit of my autumn food favorites. As the weather cools down, keep warm with this classic soup recipe with a ...
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Turning Over a New Leaf

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  Setting healthy back-to-school goals begins with the understanding that a well-balanced diet, exercise and a regular sleep schedule all contribute to performing at the top of our games. Make sure to touch upon these three elements when brainstorming back-to-school goals with your family:   Br...
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Reaching Out to Make a Difference

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  “There are two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~Edwin Arlington Robinson   The more I become involved in my community, the more clearly I see my own blessings. How lucky I am to have a loving family; a safe home; healthy...
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We All Make a Difference in Child Nutrition

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Pulling it All Together Your role in student success is critical. You contribute to your district’s educational mission by making sure that all programs—including food service—support the academic process. You understand the importance of S.M.I.L.E. (School Meals Improve Learning Environments), and...
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Street Cart Style Onion Sauce

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  Well spring has finally sprung!!  Gone is the ice and snow, March madness was mad with dual championships for the UConn Huskies (YES !!!) and  the flowers are beginning to pop out of the ground. The tarps are off the baseball diamonds, and the unmistakable aromas of backyard grills topped with st...
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What’s YOUR Fooditude?

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It’s All in the Attitude What’s your “fooditude”? It’s a fun little question that holds a world of meaning. As adults, we know that having a positive attitude in life can have a lasting impact on our mind, body and spirit. It helps us feel better, think better and lead happier, healthier lives. A h...
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The Mean, Green (and Yummy!) Smoothie

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  I love the kids we serve! Those little faces are what start my day off right. Knowing how I get to educate them about healthy eating also motivates me to travel all around and get them all excited about nutrition. Did you know that k-2 grade kiddos need just as much fuel to get them through their...
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Gardens and Green Thumbs

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  I know it is hard to believe with those late-in-the-season snowfalls we had recently (that groundhog wasn’t kidding!!), but spring is “officially” here! With any luck, we will soon be shedding the heavy jackets, hats and gloves and welcoming days out in the sun. It also is a perfect time for a s...
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Begin with Breakfast

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Let’s Do the Math If you could do one thing that would encourage better attendance, improve behavior and enhance academic importance, would you? It’s actually quite simple: ensure that every child that walks through the door starts the day off right with a healthy breakfast. According to the No Kid...
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Celebrating a Pot of Golden Memories

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Although I’m not of Irish descent (50% Polish, 50% Italian), each year on St. Patrick’s Day, my last name transforms from Leslie Fazin to Leslie O’Fazin — a day where anyone, from any culture (even myself!) can become an honorary Irish lad or lassie for the day.   My first memory of St. Patrick’s...
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Luck O' The Irish Soda Bread

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  Can you feel spring peeking its head around the corner? I sure can, and I think we can all agree that we are looking forward to warmer weather! One of my favorite almost-Spring milestones is of course, St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone becomes Irish for the day. What comes to mind for me are the m...
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How Sweet is Your Heart?

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Heart disease is multi-factorial, with many factors that contribute to it, such as diet, physical activity level, tobacco use, genetics—and our sugar intake. Sugar is a carbohydrate that is present in many foods we eat.  Sugar can either be a natural component of food, like in fruits and dairy or it...
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