March 24, 2023
SCHOOL NUTRITION NEWSLETTER
message from the director
March is National Nutrition Month and a good time for a spring refresh. As the weather breaks and we spend more time being active outside, those heavy, warm comfort foods of winter can give way to more in season fruit and vegetables. My friend, Dr. Beverly Girard has wise, easy and practical advice on improving your own nutrition in the article below. Spoiler: you probably already heard this from your Mom. Other great pearls of wisdom include, "Take care of yourself, you can't pour from an empty cup," and my personal favorite, "Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live." Read about the Dr. Yum Project. Their Meal-O-Matic system is an easy way to plan and create your own personal meals (think Hello Fresh or Blue Apron) with what you have on hand. Have a very happy Spring Break and remember to practice self care. Everyone benefits when they get the best version of you.
The Cafeteria Classroom
Dr. Yum Project
From USDA and the National CACFP Association
Here at the Doctor Yum Project we believe that cooking does not have to be complicated in order to be healthy and delicious. That's why we have designed meal•o•matic to help you make a few basic recipes with the ingredients you love. Design your own personalized meals based on the ingredients you have on hand, your favorite flavors, or your own dietary needs. No matter what your skill level is in the kitchen, using the meal•o•matic is easy and fun for the whole family!
Four Steps Toward Better Nutrition
From CN Executive
Beverly Girard, PhD, MBA, RD, SNS
You are what you eat. We hear that all the time, but it is nonetheless true. A healthier lifestyle starts with four vital steps:
1. Eat Your Veggies
It looks as if Mom was right all along. Eating lots of vegetables is a great way to stay healthy. Vegetables are filled with key vitamins and minerals, and are an excellent source of fiber.
They also provide antioxidants, which protect cells from free radicals, and help to ward off chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Typically, vegetables are lower in
calories than most other foods, and they offer variety and satiety to our diets. It is better to fill up on broccoli than it is on refined carbohydrates.
2. Eat Your Fruit
Whole fruits are nature’s candy. There’s nothing better than a crisp red apple, a luscious pear, a perfectly ripe banana, or even perfectly dried raisins or dates. Fruits, like vegetables, provide
an amazing array of nutrients and fiber, and leave us feeling good about our nutrition decisions. Every now and then, a glass of juice is fine, but for the most part, eat whole fruit. It offers a complete nutritional package of vitamins, minerals, antioxidantsand fiber.
3. Focus On Real Food, Simply Prepared
Real food tastes great, yet so many people’s diets consist of highly processed foods. The reasons: a busy schedule, lack of time, or disinterest in preparing their own meals. That is not
good, because packaged food items, convenience foods, and even take-out foods, tend to be high in fat and sodium. On the other hand, meals prepared simply, and consisting of
vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and sweet fruit are nutritionally superior, and they leave you feeling great. Meals that contain refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta, white
rice, and desserts, lack the nutrients and the fiber people need on a daily basis, leaving them nutritionally inferior to their whole grain counterparts.
4. Drink Up!
Our bodies need water to effectively and efficiently carry nutrients to our cells, and to help the brain, heart, muscles, and digestive system perform at their best. According to the
U.S. Geological Survey, the human body is comprised of about 60 percent water, the brain is 75 percent water, the heart is 79 percent water, and blood is 83 percent water. Even bones are
made up of 22 percent water. That is why it is so important to
ensure that our bodies stay well hydrated.
These four steps are not hard to take. And they can do so much good for our bodies. So do yourself a favor in 2023, and get back to the basics of good nutrition.
Indiana NSBW Scrapbook
It's Bid Season!
From Magnetic Ag
If you're a pro sports fan or have a kid that plays youth soccer, you know all about artificial turf. And soybeans want in on the green wave. And it's no wonder. The artificial turf market is apparently set to reach $7B (yes, billion with a B) by 2025. Now the United Soybean Board has partnered with SYNLawn to make a new soy-based synthetic grass by using soybean oil instead of petroleum-based polyurethane.
Non-employees can apply by completing an online application as an External Applicant here: https://www.applitrack.com/valpo/onlineapp/
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March 27-31, 2023 - Spring Break, No School (No Work)
April 7, 2023 - Half Day K-12 (Regular Work Day)
April 10, 2023 - No School (No Work Day unless used as Weather Make Up Day)
May 25, 2023 - Half Day K-12 (Regular Work Day), Last Day of School
May 26, 2023 - Regular Work Day, Close Kitchens
May 30, 2023 - Summer School Begins
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