Recipes for Child Care Providers

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What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is a searchable collection of recipes and other resources managed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency, namely the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). This site combines information provided by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) through MyPlate and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for specific federal nutrition assistance programs. These programs consist of the Child Nutrition Programs, the Food Distribution Programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

These recipes feature dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains, and are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

USDA Recipes for Child Care

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

A collection of over 150 standardized recipes developed by USDA for use in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACPF).

Leap of Taste: Child Care Nutrition Standards

West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition.

Child care nutrition standards, divided into four key components: Beverages, Fruits and Vegetables, Grains and Bread, and Meat/Meat Alternates. Materials include food prep videos, administrative tools, menu planning, menus and recipes, and more.

Healthy Children, Healthy Weights Ring of Fun Activity Cards (May 2014)

Columbus Public Health.

Fun, creative, easy to implement ideas for physical activities, nutritious snacks, and parent engagement! Four sets of cards are available, each targeting a different age group.

Flavor Shakers (August 2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care

Institue of Child Nutrition.

Two-page fact sheet for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, published six times per year. Includes a wide variety of topics related to child care. Menus, recipes, and activities are often featured. Also available in Spanish.

Snacks That Count: Recipes for Nutritious Snacks (PDF | 17 MB)

Texas Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Division.

Fun, instructive recipes that satisfy meal component requirements for CACFP. For children under 5.

Making It Balance and Kickin' It Up- A Cycle Menu for Montana Child Care

Montana Team Nutrition. Montana Office of Public Instruction.

This toolkit contains menus, with accompanying recipes and resources, to assist childcare providers in serving healthy meals that are cost effective, easy to prepare, and appealing to children.