Healthy Children - October 2012


Parent Pages: Awesome Appetites

Today at child care your child learned that it is important to listen to their body and eat when hungry and stop eating when full. Let them learn by serving themselves. Teach them to take small amounts at first. Tell them they can get more if they’re still hungry. Eat together. Talk together. Make mealtimes a family time.

8 Ways to Encourage Good Eating Habits

  1. Plan a quiet activity for you child before mealtime such as drawing a picture.
  2. Teach your child to help you cook. Helping makes your child feel good.
  3. Offer your child healthy foods for meals and snacks.
  4. Let your child decide what to eat.
  5. Serve foods in new ways so your child will want to try them.
  6. Make meal times happy times.
  7. Let your child serve their own plate. They are better at taking the right amount of food.
  8. Let your child decide how much to eat.


Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

Yields 8 potato halves
Serves 8 adults

4 baking potatoes
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 tablespoons low-fat (1% or less) milk
2 tablespoons minced onion (optional)
4 ounces shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon paprika.
1. Scrub potatoes and remove any blemishes.
2. *Bake potatoes in oven preheated to 400 degrees until tender (about 30 to 40 minutes)
3. Slice each potato in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp with a spoon, leaving 1/4-inch thick shells.
4. Blend cheese, milk, and onion with spoon. Add potato pulp and mix until light and fluffy.
5. Fill potato halves with mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and paprika.
6. Return to oven to reheat for 10 minutes.
7. Enjoy!
*Microwave Method
Pierce potatoes with a fork and place in microwave
Cover potatoes with waxed paper and heat on high until tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Have your child help you do the bold steps

Adapted from Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals.
Reprinted from: CACFP, Child and Adult Care Food Program, New York State Department of Health.