Wellness Wednseday

Your Wellness Committee is committed to providing healthy choices for students, staff, and families.  You can look forward to lunch time Try It Bites provided by Whole Foods Market, alternatives to food based rewards with themed Party in a Box, and GoNoodle PLUS for movement based lessons during class time. Have a great idea to share?  Looking to get involved?  Please contact Lauren Boehm and Susan Madsen!
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Try It Bites

Our January feature is KALE!  Did you know that kale is an excellent source of Vitamins K, C, and A?  These vitamins help protect our bodies from disease and keep our cells functioning in tip top shape.  Be sure to ask your child about their experience!  Never cooked with it?  No Problem!  Check out this easy recipe.

Roasted Kale Chips with Parmigiano Reggiano courtesy of Whole Foods Market

1 bunch kale, stems removed, torn into bite-sized bites, patted dry on kitchen towels

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Method: Preheat oven to 350F.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.  Place dry kale in a large bowl, drizzle with oil and toss.  Add chili powder and salt and toss again.  Arrange kale on the prepared baking sheets in a single layer; bake until crispy and the edges just begin to brown, about 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets.  Transfer to a bowl and toss with cheese.  Kale chips are best eaten right away, so enjoy!. 

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Eat At Home

Did you know that restaurant and fast food meals typically have more fat, sodium, sugar, and calories- and fewer vegetables- than home cooked food?  Plus, when you eat out, you don’t always know exactly what’s in your dishes.  Set a goal to eat at home one or two times more than you do now.  And once you meet that target, add another meal a week- until eventually you are eating mostly at your kitchen table.  BONUS:  You’ll save money, too.