St Patrick’s Day Treat

Celebrating St. Patty’s day this year? St. Patrick’s day is an old Irish Holiday that has made its way around the world and is perfect for silly and tasty treats. Try this fun themed recipe with your kids, as a party favor or just for a fun snack!

Lucky Charms Cereal Bar Treats

6 Tablespoons Coconut oil
16-ounce bag of Mini Marshmallows
12 cups whole grain Lucky Charms Cereal
3 Tablespoons Chia or Flax seed (optional)
1/3 cup Coconut Shreds (optional)
1-cup nut butter (optional)
½ cup cocoa nibs (optional)
Green Food Coloring (optional)

Melt coconut oil in a large pot on medium heat.
Mix in mini marshmallows until completely melted – (add optional green food coloring or nut butter).
Remove from burner and turn heat off.
Quickly add the cereal to marshmallow mixture – (before marshmallow charms melt)
Add other optional ingredients – (Coconut shreds, chia/flax seeds, cocoa nibs)
Spread and press mixture into a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
Chill sheet pan in refrigerator or freezer until firm.
Once set, cut into small bars. Enjoy!

Not a fan of Lucky Charms Cereal? Use your favorite light colored cereal (Kix, Chex, Cheerios) and put a couple drops of green coloring into the marshmallow mixture! Also, mix half granola, oats or another favorite cereal to make a unique cereal treat.

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Frozen Treats: Popsicles

It’s starting to heat up here in the valley of the sun! In addition to National Nutrition Month, it is National Frozen Food month. Here are some frozen treats to keep you cool over this warm spring break.

You will need:
Popsicle molds (or paper / plastic cups)
Wooden Popsicle sticks
Jell-O mix – 3 to 4 packages
Fresh Fruit – Raspberries, blueberries, chopped strawberries
Low fat Vanilla or Flavored Yogurt – 32 ounces

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JELL-O Popsicle
Pick out your favorite Jell-O flavor (we recommend the Jolly Rancher flavors)
Follow the directions on the package.
Add your favorite fruit (optional, raspberries or blueberries)
Pour liquid mixture into a Popsicle mold.
Freeze for 4 hours, or until frozen.
Enjoy your homemade Jell-O Popsicle!

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Low Fat Yogurt Popsicle
Vanilla or Strawberry Low Fat Yogurt
Add your favorite fresh fruit (raspberries, strawberries or blueberries)
Mix yogurt and fruit into a bowl.
Pour Yogurt mixture into Popsicle mold.
Freeze for 3 to 4 hours.
Enjoy!

Making CLEAN Changes

It’s National Nutrition Month! This school year has been very exciting for CUSD Nutrition, as we have made many big changes and launched our Clean Label Initiative. We are working everyday towards our Clean Label vision, and that starts with converting our traditional recipes into meals with clean homemade ingredients. What better way to celebrate National Nutrition than to start developing new traditions for generations to come by teaching them homemade and clean recipes?
Did you know we have a working fully staffed bakery at our central kitchen? Our bakery is one of the significant things that sets us apart from other school districts. Having our own bakery allows us to produce more clean and homemade baked goods. Our hard working staff make many of the muffins, cookies and breads that we serve on our menu from SCRATCH. Recently we have analyzed many recipes that we serve such as our chocolate chip cookie and our zucchini bread slice. These processed food items were bought from a vendor and are now minimally processed, homemade CUSD recipes.

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Bonzer Ultimate Reduced Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie

WHOLE GRAIN BLEND (WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WHOLE OATS), ENRICHED FLOUR (UNBLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR, COCOA CONFECTIONARY DROPS (SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYRDOGENATED VEGETABLE OIL [PALM KERNEL, COTTONSEED], COCOA POWDER [PROCESSED WITH ALKALI], CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SOY LECITHIN [AN EMULSIFIER], VANILLIN [AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR], SALT), 0g TRANS FAT PALM OIL MARGARINE (PALM OIL, SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, SALT, VEGETABLE MONO & DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN [AN EMULSIFIER], SODIUM BENZOATE [A PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE ADDED, BETA CAROTENE [FOR COLOR]. DAIRY WHEY), NATURAL MARGARINE (LIQUID AND PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, SALT, SOY LECITHIN [AN EMULSIFIER]. BETA CAROTENE [FOR COLOR], VITAMIN A PALMITATE ADDED), UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE, EGGS, OAT FIBER, ARTIFICIAL VANILLA FLAVOR, BAKING SODA (LEAVENING), SOY LECITHIN (AN EMULSIFIER).

CONTAINS: MILK, WHEAT, SOY & EGGS

CUSD Nutrition Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie

WHOLE GRAIN WHITE WHEAT FLOUR (100% WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR FROM HARD WHITE SPRING WHEAT), ALL PURPOSE FLOUR (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), GRANULATED SUGAR (PURE SUCROSE), BROWN SUGAR, APPLESAUCE, EGGS, VANILLA EXTRACT, VEGETABLE OIL, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, SALT, SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY & EGGS

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Ultra Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Slice

WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, SUGAR, ZUCCHINI, SOYBEAN OIL, WHOLE EGG SOLIDS, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDE, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, CALCIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE), DEFATTED SOY FLOUR, VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN, SALT, DRY HONEY SOLIDS, DEXTROSE, SPICE (CINNAMON, NUTMEG) XANTHAN GUM.

CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY & EGGS

CUSD Nutrition Homemade Zucchini Pineapple Muffin 

WHOLE WHITE WHEAT FLOUR (100% WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR FROM HARD WHITE SPRING WHEAT), GRANULATED SUGAR (PURE SUCROSE), BROWN SUGAR, APPLESAUCE, ZUCCHINI, PINEAPPLE, EGGS, VANNILA EXTRACT, VEGETABLE OIL, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, SALT, SPICE (CINNAMON, NUTMEG).

CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY & EGG

While this zucchini muffin looks like it has the same amount of ingredients as the processed bread, the ingredients are cleaner, meaning they have minimal preservatives and less harmful ingredients. They are also lower in calories and carbohydrates! The prepackaged and made zucchini bread was 270 kcals and had 43 g of carbohydrates; our cleaner zucchini bread is 240 kcals and has 38 g carbohydrates. It’s these little steps that will make a big impact on our nutrition!

Tell us what you think about these changes we’ve made, and if you have any other ideas for us!