Celebrating National School Breakfast Week

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This week was National School Breakfast Week!

Busy weekdays make it hard to have a balanced breakfast at home, so our School Breakfast Program is a great way to ensure our students are fed and ready to learn! A school breakfast includes milk, fruit, and grain/protein.  Last week was Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and one of our Elementary schools served green eggs and ham!

To access our breakfast menus, please check out our website!

http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=2111131702187724&page=menus

As it is also National Nutrition Month! KCPS would like to highlight the benefits of grains and protein this week.

Grain

We are proud to serve whole grain products in our schools.

What are whole grains?

Whole grains contain the bran, the germ and the endosperm, while refined grains only contain the endosperm. Some whole grain products we are serving at breakfast this week include: the crust in our breakfast pizza, fruit muffins, biscuits, and waffles.

Benefits of including whole grains in your diet include:

  • Feeling full longer
  • Provide you with shiny hair, glowing skin
  • Help reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease
  • Helps maintain blood sugar levels

Look for whole grains at the store by looking for the FDA approved whole grain health claim on the packaging & looking at the ingredients on the nutrition label- the first ingredient should be “whole grain” or “whole wheat”.

Protein

What is a protein?

Proteins are found in every cell of the body. They are made up of amino acids which are “building blocks” to help grow and maintain our body’s tissues, such as, our muscles, blood vessels, skin, hair, and nails. Some of the proteins being served this week at breakfast include: the cheese in the breakfast pizza, cheese sticks, chicken, and milk!

Proteins are found in various foods:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Cheese
  • Milk

For additional nutrition information, please visit www.eatright.org

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