November 12, 2019

I happened to purchase this book recently and to my surprise, it's a new favorite of mine. This visual children's cookbook will encourage any child to cook. We all know if kids are the ones who cook it, they will likely be the ones to eat it. 

This book offers children and families easy, healthy, and delicious recipes that encourage everyone to have fun in the kitchen together. Each recipe appears twice, in words for the adult or older child and visual...

November 6, 2019

A note about the author, Haleisa Johnson is the Early Childhood Coordinator with Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness. 

Since being the NE Iowa Food & Fitness Coordinator, I have heard children described as "picky eaters," "fussy eaters," "finicky eaters" and "persnickety eaters."

Teachers, daycare providers, and parents continuously ask me, "How can I get children to taste new foods or eat better?" They tell me kids say vegetables are ‘icky’ or ‘gross.' The...

October 29, 2019

In my household, Halloween may be surpassing Christmas as everyone's favorite holiday. The crisp, cool weather, playing dress-up, walking around collecting candy and other fun giveaways in neighborhoods, nursing homes, and other venues with friends. It's just so FUN for kids. However, as a registered dietitian, I will come out and say that the buckets of candy can be a bit much. I am that parent that truly appreciates containers of Play-Doh or ba...

October 17, 2019

When asked the question, “Have you heard of Farm to ECE?” many will say no. Maybe it’s the formal name or the acronym “ECE?” Whatever it is, if you’re working with young children, I am willing to bet you practice some form of Farm to ECE in your setting and don’t realize it. 

One of the most common Farm to ECE activities this time of year is the annual field trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Picking apples from trees or seeing fields of pumpk...

October 8, 2019

HAPPY Fall, Y’all! 

Leaves are falling and autumn is calling, pretty colors fill the air.  It’s time for hoodies, flannel, sweaters, and football. It doesn’t matter which Iowa team you cheer for, we all "root" (pun intended) for our Iowa farmers!!  

One way to show your support is to participate in Iowa Local Food Day on October 11th.  I plan on participating in this event.  At Little Steps and Beyond Daycare, we will be se...

October 1, 2019

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools, food, and local farmers!

Farm to school enriches the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. With farm to school, students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities...

September 22, 2019

It's fall, and do you know what that means?! It's apple orchard season! If you've been thinking about how to introduce local foods into your child care program or own household, here is your opportunity. First, purchase local apples from your nearest apple orchard. You can make a day of it by picking your own and partaking in some of the other attractions on site (if applicable), buying from a farm stand or market, or purchasing from a retail store th...

September 10, 2019

September is nearly halfway over, so it's time to start looking ahead to October. It’s all about 5-2-1-0! Whether your child care site is new to 5-2-1-0 or already registered and ready for more, there are a variety of ways your staff and students can make “Healthy Choices Count!” during the month of October. 

October is Healthiest State Month and throughout the month we will celebrate healthy habits, culminating in the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Su...

September 3, 2019

People often ask me what I do.  Well….. Sometimes I don’t know how to answer the question or even where to begin the story.  If I worked at a school, hospital, grocery store, or a farm, it would be much easier to explain. People generally understand jobs like that. The problem is...I work a little with all of the above to help children know where their food comes from, have access to healthy locally grown food, and to be given the opportunit...

August 25, 2019

A note about the author: Kaye Lindsley is a Montessori preschool teacher and Summer Programs Assistant Coordinator at Willowwind School in Iowa City, IA.

Did you know you can grow carrots INSIDE? You need the correct set up, but it is certainly possible! Just ask my preschoolers at Willowwind School

First, you need the right kind of carrot - Tonda di Parigi carrots, to be specific. They are somewhere between the size of a cherry tomato and a radish. I...

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