Let’s Cook Whole Foods for Healthy Kids (LCWF) provides resources for childcare facility cooks to prepare kid-friendly, whole foods efficiently while keeping costs down. This program focuses on whole grains, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as using spices and presentation to enhance flavor and taste expectations while preserving the nutrition in whole foods. Additional resources include cost saving strategies and organization skills to support these whole food practices.
Child care centers can make a big difference in creating healthy child care environments and help address childhood obesity and chronic disease. Cooks in early learning settings play a critical role in creating quality childcare environments, teaching healthy eating habits and helping children get off to a healthy start.
Let’s Cook Whole Foods was developed with funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as part of a six county program in Eastern Washington called Start Healthy. Start Now. The curriculum and resources were created by Spokane Regional Health District and informed by Child and Adult Food Care Program (USDA) and Chef Sunwold (Spokane Community Colleges).
How are you Doing?
Determine where your childcare center is on the whole foods scale by taking a short quiz Whole Foods Menu Assessment
A childcare networking group designed to share successes, ideas, challenges, try new recipes and anything else that interests you! You get support and technical assistance in preparing new, whole and healthy foods including 100% whole grains, legumes (peas, beans and lentils), fresh fruit and vegetables a variety of ways.
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- For either Increasing or Decreasing the size of your recipe portions
Lots of Cookbooks, Household Recipes, Recipe Tools & More!
From the USDA, recipes that feature foods both children and adults should consume more of.