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WIC and Primary Health Solutions Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Contributor(s): Butler County WIC Program, Tyler Adams

 

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is the special supplemental nutrition program that provides healthy food benefits, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals, and access to health and social services to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and infants through children age 5 years old.  Participants on WIC have healthier diets which lead to improved growth and development during pregnancy and postpartum and early childhood. WIC celebrates National Nutrition Month by teaching their participants how to use their food benefits to prepare nutritious delicious meals! 

 

One of WIC’s primary goals is to educate participants on proper nutrition by providing supplemental food benefits that meet participant’s nutritional needs. The food benefits include fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, cereal, whole grains, peanut butter, beans and juice.   WIC’s Registered Dietitians enjoy helping participants use their WIC benefits by offering cooking demonstrations and sharing healthy recipes.  Developing healthy eating habits early in life leads to healthier eating habits as children grow and as they continue on to adulthood.

 

The Butler County WIC Program provided us with delicious recipes each week for National Nutrition Month each week in March.  If you missed any of the recipes we’ve got them all here for you!    

 

Week 1
Fruity French Toast

4 Eggs, scrambled
1/2 cup milk
8 Bread slices
4 tsp. butter
2 cups fruit, sliced (bananas, apples, strawberries, berries, etc.)

1. In bowl, beat eggs and milk together
2. Coat sauté pan with 1 tsp. butter and place over medium heat.
3. Dip bread into egg mixture so bread is covered on both sides.
4. Place 2 pieces of egg coated bread in pan and heat until golden brown, flip bread over and heat until golden brown.
5. Repeat step 4 until all bread is cooked.
6. Serve topped with sliced fruit and enjoy!

* Have your children help you during steps #1, 3, and 6!

Week 2
St. Patrick's Day Green Pizza

1 precooked pizza crust
1/4 cup pesto sauce
2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups broccoli
1/2 cup green pepper
2 green onions
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven according to pizza crust package.
2. Assemble pizza with pesto sauce.
3. Top with green vegetable toppings and cheese.
4. Bake until golden brown and enjoy!

Week 3
Spicy Bean Burgers
2 1/4 cups rice cereal
1-15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs. water
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup onion, chopped
2 tsp. vegetable oil

1. Combine 1 1/2 cups cereal, beans, egg, water, chili powder, and salt. Mash until it is a coarse mashed texture. Stir in onion.
2. Measure mixture into 1/2 cup portions and form into patties.
3. Crush remaining cereal into fine crumbs.
4. Coat patties with cereal.
5. Cook patties in a skillet on medium/high heat for 6-10 minutes, or until golden brown, adding vegetable oil to pan when needed.
6. Serve hot with salsa if desired

Week 4
Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup granola or favorite cereal

1. Clan and cut assorted fruit
2. Layer vanilla yogurt, berries, and granola/cereal in a glass or bowl
3. Serve cold and enjoy!