20 Resources from The Dairy Association

Dairy has long been thought of as a necessary superfood. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are diverse and nutritious. Providing a great source of essential nutrients including protein, calcium, and vitamin D.

During a child’s growth and development, the nutrients that dairy products provide are crucial. Luckily, dairy can be offered in a variety of ways and here at CUSD we do just that! Visit www.cusdnutrition.nutrislice.com to see where dairy is offered on your child’s menu.

Plus, catch up with current articles, fun facts, and recipes honoring The Dairy Association!

  1. It would take 21 cups of chopped broccoli to deliver the same amount of calcium as three glasses of milk.
  2. Treating animals with respect and compassion is part of every dairy farmer’s heritage.
  3. Farm Fact – Farmers bottle-feed calves individually to make sure they receive good nutrition.
  4. Read how this farm family turned to technology to help improve cow comfort. http://bit.ly/1C25Yog
  5. Think cheese isn’t right for you? Read more why you should think again: http://bit.ly/1FTHxJb
  6. Fact – Read how the dairy industry keeps milk and dairy products safe. http://bit.ly/1ERMhjp
  7. Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day by learning how to build the best grilled cheese sandwich. http://bit.ly/1Go26gw
  8. Your milk may be more local than you thought. Most milk travels approx. 48 hours from farm to table. http://bit.ly/1nw8CGR
  9. Chocolate milk is a popular choice, and kids drink less milk—and get fewer essential nutrients—if it’s taken off the school lunch menu.
  10. Real and wholesome – cow’s milk is simply milk, with seven naturally occurring nutrients, plus added vitamins A and D. http://bit.ly/1LMLEtF
  11. Then and Now: learn how the dairy industry has evolved over the years. http://bit.ly/1wZ1b0R
  12. The best way to preserve land is to keep farms in business. Farmers understand and appreciate nature and take good care of their property.
  13. Did you know? Dairy farms must follow strict state and local water quality regulations. Dairy farmers use water responsibly in their milking parlors, in water storage and in recycling.
  14. Infographic: learn what’s actually in your glass. http://bit.ly/1LoxNNA
  15. Learn how this farm family is turning trash into treasure! http://bit.ly/1fE1Cua
  16. Dairy farmers do their part to help our planet this Earth Day and beyond. http://bit.ly/RIgm0O
  17. While the milkman may be a thing of the past, consumers today still have convenient options for milk and other food delivery services.
  18. Did you know?  Dairy farms typically are passed down from generation to generation, meaning farm families often have lived in their community for decades and will continue to do so as long as the farm exists.
  19. Dairy farmers are committed to healthy, safe products and maintain high standards, particularly after treating sick cows. However, there is a lot of misinformation and confusion about antibiotics, hormones and the impact on the U.S. milk supply. Read the facts at http://bit.ly/1wuGZsX
  20. Raising beef is more sustainable than you think: http://bit.ly/1A1vFmG
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Recipes Using April Produce

Spring is here and that means fresh, new produce is in season! Cooking with seasonal produce equates to better-tasting dishes that contain more nutrients. With spring comes sun and thus our dishes should be refreshing, bright and colorful. Compiled is a list of kid-friendly recipes using in-season produce. Make one today!

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Healthy Hawaiian Haystack Skillet is a bright yet hearty dish. Both gluten and dairy free!

http://www.superhealthykids.com/healthy-hawaiian-haystack-skillet/

Lemons and Spinach

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Lemon Chicken with Spinach Parmesan Crepes is a fast and easy crockpot meal that will satisfy even picky eaters

http://www.superhealthykids.com/summer-slowcookerlemon-chicken-with-spinach-parmesan-crepes/

Green Beans

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Rainbow Green Bean Salad is a fresh and beautiful recipe that kids will love

http://www.superhealthykids.com/rainbow-green-bean-salad/

Swiss Chard and Sweet Peas

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Swiss Chard and Sweet Pea Lasagna a filling and delicious dish for the whole family

http://www.superhealthykids.com/swiss-chard/

For a complete list of seasonal spring produce visit More Matters at:

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/what-fruits-and-vegetables-are-in-season

Make Changes For Your Health and The Earth

Earth day is celebrated annually on April 22nd. It was established in 1970 with a purpose to bring awareness about current environmental concerns. Global warming, clean energy, and sustainability are some of the topics at the forefront of today’s earth day.

Earth day is about becoming educated on the effect we as individuals and us as a whole have on the environment. Making small changes can result in enormous results.

One aspect of sustainability and earth day is nutrition. The way we produce food, use land and maintain crops greatly affects our environment. Having a healthy and well-balanced diet is actually good for our bodies and the world!

Purchase Local Produce

Not only is local produce far more nutritious it is safer for the environment. Transporting produce hundreds of miles after it has been harvested results in massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.

Enjoy Meatless Monday

While meat does provide us with a good source of protein. Protein can also be found in vegetarian sources like beans, lentils, nuts, avocados, and leafy greens.

Producing meat requires large amounts of water, releases greenhouse gasses and uses 50% of the corn produced in the United States.

If the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

Compost Food and Yard Scraps

 

Creating your own home composting system is simple and effective! It can greatly reduce the amount of garbage generated by your household. For step-by-step instructions on creating a compost system for your home visit www.earthday.org/takeaction/composting_info.html

 

Pledge to take one of these actions and for additional actions to benefit the environment visit www.EarthDay.org

Today’s Superfood: Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are a well-known food, full of flavor! With over a thousand varieties, tomatoes are versatile and interesting. The wide variety means all different colors, shapes and sizes. Currently, the United States is the 2nd largest tomato producing country in the world!

Spring and summer are the best times of year to add tomatoes to your diet. They are fresh, flavorful and local!

Tomatoes are widely known for their strong antioxidant powers. This is mainly due to the high concentrations of lycopene. Lycopene is a potent carotenoid, which gives tomatoes their rich color.

Research has found the high antioxidant and nutrient properties of tomatoes can result in increased health and better prevention.

  • Increase the amount of good cholesterol and decrease the amount of bad cholesterol found in the bloodstream1
  • Decrease the amount of oxidative stress that damages bones and bone tissues2
  • Protect cells with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties found in tomatoes3

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Are tomatoes a fruit or vegetable?

Many people consider tomatoes to be a vegetable because of their minimal amount of sweetness. However, tomatoes are actually considered to be a fruit. Not only are they a part of the fruit family, they are a part of the berry family.

Find Tomatoes Near You

Getting kids to eat everything that is good for them can be a challenge. Luckily, there are creative ways to transform meals and flavors. Try this tomato pie recipe from Super Healthy Kids!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • salt
  • 1 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • Oregano

Instructions

  • Cut piecrust to fit small ramekins
  • Slice tomato, pat dry and salt
  • Slice cheese
  • Assemble tarts with crust, sliced tomatoes and topped with cheese
  • Sprinkle with oregano
  • Bake in oven at 425 for 10-15 minutes, or until crust is cooked

  1. Silaste ML, Alfthan G, Aro A, et al. Tomato juice decreases LDL cholesterol levels and increases LDL resistance to oxidation. Br J Nutr. 2007 Dec;98(6):1251-8. 2007. PMID:17617941.
  2. Mackinnon ES, Rao AV, and Rao LG. Dietary restriction of lycopene for a period of one month resulted in significantly increased biomarkers of oxidative stress and bone resorption. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011 Feb;15(2):133-8. 2011.
  3. Borguini RG and Torres EAFDS. Tomatoes and Tomato Products as Dietary Sources of Antioxidants. Food Reviews International. Philadelphia: 2009. Vol. 25, Iss. 4; p. 313-325. 2009.

Easy Kid Recipes

There are many places where your child can learn about food- the classroom, the garden and the grocery store. Although, the most powerful place to develop experience is in the kitchen.

First start by educating your child on the basics of cooking. Refresh on the essential kitchen skills for kids in our prior post, Kitchen Helpers. Once they have mastered hygiene, safety and basic technical skills, they are ready to cook!

Try these 3 simple and healthy snack and meal ideas. Assist your child throughout the process. Encourage them to be safe, creative and have fun!

100% Fruit Popsicles

This recipe is perfect for beating the Arizona heat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 100% fruit juice
  • 1 ½ cups frozen fruit
  • 8 three ounce sized dixie cups
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • foil

In a blender or food processor combine the juice and frozen fruit

Puree until completely smooth and no chunks remain

Divide mixture evenly among the 8 dixie cups

Cover each cup with foil and stick a popsicle stick through the middle of the foil

Place in the freezer until frozen

Once frozen, remove the foil and pull on the popsicle stick to remove it from the cup

Pita Pizza

An imaginative and healthy spin on pizza

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole wheat pita rounds
  •  Marinara Sauce Or Pizza Sauce
  •  Pesto (optional)
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Optional Toppings:

  • Onion, sliced
  • Ground Beef
  •  Pepperoni Slices
  •  Canadian Bacon Slices
  •  Pineapple Chunks
  •  Roma Tomatoes, sliced
  •  Black Olives
  • Sliced Bell Peppers

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Lay out 4 pita rounds on a cookie sheet

Top each of the pita bread with either marinara or pesto and then add a layer of grated mozzarella cheese

Here is where it gets fun- use your selected topping to create unique pizza combinations!

Once all the pizzas are assembled, put the pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes

Remove and serve immediately!

Sandwich Wheels

A fun, easy and nutritious recipes for many ages.

Ingredients:

  • Four 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 slices of cheese
  • 8 slices oven-roasted deli turkey

Optional Ingredients:

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Baby spinach
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cream cheese
  • Sliced olives
  • Fresh peppers
  • Mayonnaise and mustard

Lay out tortillas on clean work surface

Spread on any optimal sauces over the tortilla (mayo, cream cheese, mustard)

Place the chopped lettuce, sliced cheese and two slices of deli turkey at the top of the tortilla. Add any additional fillings as well.

Starting at the side with the fillings. Tightly wrap up the tortilla so the fillings are tightly packed inside.

Cut the wraps into 1-inch pieces to create sandwich wheels!