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Culturally Receptive Meals

News flash! One of our little ones may be a new arrival from Afghanistan or a returnee in their second year with us whose parent(s) hail from Guatemala. Move over Sloppy Joe and Frittata, we want Lavash and Rellenitos too. What better way could there be to learn about other cultures than with food?

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CACFP Meal Component Jeopardy

Test your meal pattern knowledge by playing meal component Jeopardy! Categories will include meal patterns, calculating contributions, standardizing recipes, weight vs. measure and everyone’s favorite: grain/grain equivalents.

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Identifying Whole Grain-Rich

Serving whole grain-rich (WGR) grains is an important element of the meal pattern. Learn how to identify which products meet the whole grain-rich regulations. Trainers can use this workshop to support CACFP participants.

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CACFP Creditable Resources for Professionals

Learn about the nutrition education resources which are available free-of-charge, including the guides for Identifying Whole Grain-Rich, determining sugar content in cereals and yogurt, and which milk to serve in the CACFP. Create your own toolkit of meal pattern materials and nutrition education flyers to use in your program and share with your community.

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Smart & Creditable Snacks

Snacks are an essential part of daily meal plans and fill a gap for energy and nutrients needed for play, learning, and growth. Chef Brenda will demonstrate easy to prepare, kid-friendly snacks that meet the CACFP snack meal pattern. Receive ready-to-go snack recipes, tips for encouraging kids to try new foods and kitchen hacks for easy snack preparation.

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A Rainbow a Week: Embracing Our Meal Patterns

An analogy on how we changed society in one generation by reaching our youngest leads this uplifting and positive message meant for everyone. While it’s impractical to expect child care to serve ‘A Rainbow A Day,’ we can absolutely serve ‘A Rainbow A Week.’ Learn simple concepts to increase our rainbow of choices and take home recipes which feature fruits and vegetables.

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On-Trend CACFP Recipes

Cycle menus require planning and forecasting as well as recipe and menu development. Fight menu fatigue by seeing how popular foods can be versatile and support your program. See what other programs are doing and take home their recipes and ideas.

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My Kid Plate Garden Project

Nutrition education can assist in addressing food insecurity in food desert communities. Our dietitian lead project aims to increase access to healthy food options at early childhood education centers while increasing nutrition education. Discuss ideas to incorporate hands-on learning through gardening, recipes for menus, and snack ideas for the classroom

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Mindful Eating

Being mindful of the food you eat promotes better digestion and influences wiser choices about what you eat in the future. Come discover how to create connections to the food you’re serving in your program with an “in the moment” experience while teaching children to pay attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both physically and psychologically.

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