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Healthy to a “T”: Cinnamon- Not only for Flavor”

The baking season is upon us and there will be many recipes using one of the most common spices, cinnamon. No doubt, cinnamon is one of the most delicious spices on the earth but also provides powerful health benefits. A substance called cinnamaldehyde, where the delectable flavor and scent come from, is responsible for most of the health benefits. Let’s review some of the evidence-based health benefits of cinnamon:CLICK HERE to read more

Healthy to a “T”: Benefits of Eating Seafood

Eating seafood is a healthful weekly addition to a balanced diet. Whether your seafood comes from saltwater fish, freshwater fish, or deep-water shellfish, they all are nutrient-packed. Seafood is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. There are many benefits to seafood and here are just a few..CLICK HERE to read more

Chef Chris shares her Fruit Quesadilla Recipe!

Dear Parents,

Recently, Taher’s Chef Christina made a visit to our school to make a special treat for our students. She made Fruit Quesadillas, an easy-to-make healthy snack. Students were able to sample the finished product at lunch, and they loved it!

The great thing about this recipe is that it is easy, made with ingredients which households may already have, and it’s versatile. Chef Christina mentioned that you don’t have to follow the recipe exactly as written; if you have other fruits around, experiment with them. Fresh berries are great in the summer – just slice them and layer them onto the cream cheese (no added sugars are necessary). Also great would be any jam, jelly or pie filling you may have in your pantry. She also added that you should try peanut butter, nut butters or sunflower butter if you don’t like creamcheese…the possibilities are endless. The main thing is to get the kids thinking about healthy snacks, and get them into the kitchen with mom or dad and start cooking!!

Lori MacGregor – Monte

Food Service Director


Healthy to a “T”: Rhubarb, the Forgotten Powerhouse

When I see beautifully colored dark red rhubarb, I am brought back to my childhood enjoying the tart, yet sweet flavor, of my grandmother’s rhubarb pie on a sunny spring day. I am also aware of the wonderful health benefits rhubarb has to offer.
Some consider rhubarb a nutritional powerhouse that is high in vitamins A, B-complex, C and K, potassium, calcium, manganese and many other essential nutrients necessary to keep your body healthy.
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Healthy to a “T”: Put Your Best Fork Forward

Making healthy lifestyle changes is challenging and deciding where to start is even more difficult. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Nutrition Month campaign, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” inspires everyone to start with small changes toward a healthful eating style – one forkful at a time. Using the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines is a great place to take your first small forkful.

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Healthy to a “T”: Prebiotics and Probiotics: What You Should Know

Discussion on prebiotics and probiotics has been a nutrition topic in recent years, but do you know what they are? With continued growth in research, studies have found these “nutrition boosters” in foods may improve your overall health. You probably have noticed many different types of supplements; from pills and cleanses to powders, but they are unnecessary. Pre and probiotics are natural ingredients found in everyday foods.

What are Prebiotics and How Do They Work?
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