Minnesota

Digging Into the Dietary Guidelines (a two part series)

Minnesota Department of Education.

This two-part webinar series gives child care providers an overview of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and how they can guide healthier food and beverage offerings in child care settings.

Digging in to the Dietary Guidelines, Part 1: Preparing for a New Meal Pattern (21 minutes)
This session explains the major messages of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and also identifies how the Dietary Guidelines will shape the new CACFP meal pattern. Learn about the emphasis on vegetables subgroups (dark green, red/orange and dried beans/peas) and whole grain-rich products.

Digging in to the Dietary Guidelines, Part 2: Aligning Menus (23 minutes)
Take an in-depth look at important resources related to the Dietary Guidelines and menu planning. This session also offers detailed examples of healthy menu planning techniques that have been successful for other child care centers in Minnesota.


The Nutrition Environment: Youth Eating Smarter in Minnesota (YES! MN) (PDF | 2.2 MB)

Minnesota Department of Education.

This presentation walks through the key components to creating a healthy nutrition environment in the child care setting, including family style meal service and nutrition education resources. The information is based on Missouri's Eat Smart for Child Care training as well as the Smarter Lunchroom training from Cornell University.


Mealtime Assessment for Child Care Centers (PDF | 113 KB)

Minnesota Department of Education.

Mealtime Assessment for Child Care Centers is a tool to evaluate the meal environment in a child care center. To complete the assessment, a person would examine the serving and dining spaces where children eat meals and indicate whether each statement is true by checking the corresponding box.


CACFP Menu Planning Tip Cards

Minnesota Department of Education.

These four tip cards will help sponsors and providers of the CACFP effectively plan meals. Topics include: spending less on fruits and vegetables, reducing food waste with smart planning, incorporating cultural recipes in your menus, and involving children and parents in menu planning.


Menu Planning in Three Easy Steps

Minnesota Department of Education.

This one page reference guide will walk you through the menu planning process in three easy steps. For each step you will learn about the timeline, online resources, and key tasks to complete in order to make the menu planning process a breeze.


Farm to Child Care Video

Minnesota Department of Education.

Want to know what Farm to Child Care looks like in action? Check out this short video highlighting a few successful Farm to Child Care initiatives in Minnesota!


Child Care Mealtime Assessment (PDF | 92.0 KB)

Minnesota Department of Education.

The Child Care Mealtime Assessment is a tool for evaluating the meal environment in a child care center. To complete the assessment, centers examine the serving and dining spaces where children eat meals and indicate whether each statement is true by checking the corresponding box. Unchecked boxes are areas to consider for future implementation to improve the meal environment.


Girl with vegetables Now We’re Cooking! A Collection of Simple Scratch Recipes Served in Minnesota Schools (PDF | 767.66 KB)

University of Minnesota Extension.

This cookbook features 50 simple 'from scratch' recipes from The Great Trays Partnership.


Nudging Your Students

Minnesota Department of Health.

Two page handout of quick tips for "nudging" students toward healthy options in the cafeteria.