January 22, 2020

Think about your favorite recipe or when you look up a new meal to prepare. Every recipe has at least two parts:

1) the ingredient list

2) the method to prepare

When you cook, you need to know what to put into the dish. To make an omelet, the egg is a key ingredient! 

The cook needs to know what to do with the eggs as well...How to crack the egg, what to do with the shell, how to scramble, and how to learn the consistency needed in the pan before fl...

January 14, 2020

Winters in Iowa can be an overwhelming time for childcare programs. The weather swings back and forth like a pendulum, one day nice, the next day bitter cold. Many stay holed up until the weather turns favorable again, but the common Swedish maxim “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes," is completely true. Basically, it means GET OUTSIDE AND PLAY! That one liner seems so easy to say, but have you ever tried to wrangle 12 little...

December 30, 2019

Farm field trips are the perfect experiential learning opportunity for young children. Being on a farm is sure to be memorable for a small child...the sights, sounds, and smells, coupled with activities such as picking fruits or vegetables, feeding animals, or sitting on a tractor. So much fun! However, in many child care and preschool settings, it's just not feasible to transport children off site for a field trip. So, what's the next best thing? Inv...

December 12, 2019

New year, new goals! The upcoming new year is a great time to implement changes that make the healthy choice the easy choice at your early care site. Make it your resolution to register as a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Site.

Upon signing up, your site will join a network of nearly 500 other child care providers, schools, after-school programs, workplaces and health care clinics across the state working towards healthier environments where young Iowa...

December 6, 2019

"What to do for the families in our care???"

No matter what holiday you or your families celebrate, we all want to show our appreciation by giving.

Families are busy and stressed by all the demands of the holidays and they start turning to fast foods for convenience.  I like to share a little comfort and joy by having the kids “make dinner” for their family. The kids take pride in telling their parents that they “cooked” dinner for them.  I usually make...

November 21, 2019

A note about the author, Patti Delger is the Team Nutrition Director with Iowa Department of Education working with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Our family gives thanks for our many blessings, spends time together, and eat really delicious food. It doesn't get much better than that! Our table is full of traditional favorites like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, green be...

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...

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