Healthy Treats for Santa

NAUGHTY OR NICE

Santa Treat HealthyAs Santa Claus makes his yearly trek around the world, children everywhere will leave treats for the big guy to fuel him on his ride. But don’t forget Santa needs nutrition too.If Mr. C. drinks a glass of whole milk and eats two butter cookies at every American household he visits, he will consume more than 7 billion calories and more than 3 million grams of fat in one night.So take time to leave Santa a healthy treat, like low-fat milk and graham crackers; yogurt mixed with fruit and cereal; or a peanut butter sandwich. And don’t forget his reindeer; they’ll like chopped vegetables like carrots, celery and broccoli.

Getting your children involved in prepping Santa’s snack plate can be a great way to teach them the importance of healthy diet, especially when they need energy for a task as demanding as Santa’s.

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Holiday Helper Temperature Chart

ThermometerFrom Thanksgiving turkey to Christmas goose, meat makes the menu at many holiday feasts. How can you tell if your main meat dish is ready to serve? Use this quick reference temperature chart to ensure your holiday dishes are safe and delicious.

TYPE OF MEAT

PROPER INTERNAL
TEMPERATURE (IN °F)

Chicken and Turkey (whole, stuffed or unstuffed) 165°
Stuffing 165°
Beef, Pork, Veal and Lamb (steaks, chops, roasts) 145° *
Beef, Pork, Veal and Lamb (ground) 160°
Ham
Fresh or Raw
Fully Cooked
Fully Cooked as Leftovers
145° *
140°
165°
Duck, Goose, Quail and Pheasant (whole) 165°
Venison, Elk, Bison 160°
Fin Fish 145° or until opaque and flakes easily with fork
Shrimp, Lobster and Crab Cook until flesh is pearly and opaque
Clams, Oysters and Mussels Cooks until shells open during cooking
Egg Dishes 160°
Leftovers 165°

* Allow to rest 3 minutes before carving or consuming.

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Discover My Plate

Discover MyPlateSchools and child care providers participating in the USDA Child Nutrition programs may request free copies at: http://tn.ntis.gov/
Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten includes:

  • Teacher’s Guide (with 6 kindergarten lessons)
  • Emergent Readers (mini books for students & and a teacher’s big book)
  • Reach for the Sky Original Song
  • 40 Food Cards
  • Look and Cook Recipes*
  • Student Workbook with 19 Activity Sheets*
  • The Five Food Groups Poster
  • Parent Handouts*

*25 copies of all student and parent materials are included in the kit. Contact teamnutrition@fns.usda.govif you have questions about ordering.

Available separately is the Discover MyPlate: Curriculum Training for Teachers.

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World School Milk Day

Let's celebrate
What is World School Milk Day?
World School Milk Day is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and this year will be celebrating its 15th annual event.

Since holding the first World School Milk Day celebrations in 2000, it has been recognized and honored by over 30 different countries all over the world. The day continues to successfully promote the importance of drinking milk at school to children, in a fun, memorable and educational way.