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Tricks for Healthy Halloween Treats!

For kids, Halloween is that sweet time of year when they get the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, but for parents and educators it can be a nightmare!

We spend all year trying to encourage our kids to eat healthy foods and limit sweets; still the holiday can’t be all spooks and no fun.

Here are our tricks for a healthier Halloween:623001

  • Serve a healthy meal before kids go trick-or-treating-so they’re less hungry when the candy starts rolling in.
  • “Trick” kids into some exercise and encourage them to walk door-to-door instead of driving them.
  • Have kids select their favorite treats then make the rest do a disappearing act or give the rest away.
  • On Halloween night, be a little less “ghoulish” about eating candy, but then talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled.
  • Give out healthy alternatives to candy like: temporary tattoos, stickers, granola bars, trail mix or fruit leathers.

Scaringly-Sensible Treat Recipes:

coconut banana 2Boo-nanas
• Bananas
• Orange juice
• Shredded coconut
• Raisins or chocolate chips
• Wooden craft sticks
Directions:
1. Cut banana in half.
2. Dip the peeled bananas in orange juice, then roll in shredded coconut.
3. Add raisins or chocolate chips for eyes, then insert wooden craft stick for a handle into each ½ banana.
4. Serve ½ a boo-nana as-is or frozen.

pumpkin drinkPumpkin Smoothie
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
¾ cup low-fat/non-fat milk or vanilla yogurt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons brown sugar
4 ice cubes
Directions:
1. Combine ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
2. Pour ½ cup of the smoothie into glass and serve.

Remember Halloween is a single day, if your family eats healthier during the rest of the year, it will have a greater impact than a few days of overindulging.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress to see all of our nutrition education resources.

November is American Diabetes Month®!

This year’s theme for American Diabetes Month® is “Eat Well, America!” This November, the American Diabetes Association will show our nation how easy and joyful healthy eating can be.adm-2015-banner-300x250-african-american

Each week, the Association will share nutritious recipes for every meal of the day. They will also teach you how to choose, prepare, serve and eat healthy food that is both delicious and nutritious.

Week One (11/1-11/7) Breakfast
Delicious breakfast recipes that motivate you to get your busy day off to the right start.
Week Two (11/8-11/14) Snacks
Easy and satisfying snack recipe.
Week Three (11/15-11/21) Lunch, including National Healthy Lunch Day
Lunch recipes that you get you through the midday hump and keep you on track through the rest of the day.
Week Four (11/22-11/28) Dinner
Seasonal dinner recipes that ensure you don’t miss out on the autumn and holiday flavors you love.
Week Five (11/29-12/5) Special Occasion Foods
Healthy special occasion options, including sweets.

What is Diabetes?470010
Your body and brain need sugar from the foods you eat. Diabetes is a medical condition where you have too much sugar in your blood (called blood glucose). Eating well, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking prescribed medicines can help manage diabetes.

Diabetes Diet Tips:

  • Eat meals and snacks at about the same time every day, eating every 3-4 hours.
  • Avoid skipping meals.
  • Watch your portion size. Use a smaller plate, cup, or bowl and portion out foods before eating.
  • Choose water, unsweetened coffee, tea, or diet soft drinks with meals.

We applaud the efforts of the American Diabetes Association as they show people living with diabetes and others who want to lead a healthy lifestyle how to enjoy foods that are both delicious and nutritious.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress for Diabetes nutrition education resources.

Learning ZoneXpress’ Londa Arnfelt Joins School Nutrition Association’s National Industry Council

LondaNYSNAWe are so excited to tell you that our own Londa Arnfelt has been appointed to the Industry Advisory Council for the School Nutrition Association (SNA). Londa has been at Learning ZoneXpress for 9 years. She passionately serves the school nutrition industry with educational messages and product solutions for those serving our students.

Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs in education since 1946.  The SNA Industry Advisory Council (IAC) supports the Association’s mission and vision by providing input and recommendations from an industry perspective, and serves as a liaison to the industry membership in support of the priority issues of the Association.

It is a significant honor for Arnfelt to be selected to represent Learning ZoneXpress on SNA’s industry council along with members from General Mills, ConAgra and Land O’Lakes. Arnfelt states, “I am excited to be in a position of collaborating with other industry partners in providing leadership and recommendations.”

Learning ZoneXpress October Anniveraries!

Here are Learning ZoneXpress, we like to celebrate! We celebrate nutrition and healthy habits, we celebrate the great work all of you educators do with our resources, and today we’re celebrating four of our own.

The following employees have work anniversaries in the month of October. Time flies when you’re having fun!

  • Londa – National Sales Director – 9 years
  • Steve – Chief Financial Officer – 6 years
  • Toni – Marketing Manager – 4 years
  • Maureen – National Educational Consultant – 4 years

Congrats to these four. We’re lucky to have them on team LZX!

Learning ZoneXpress launches brand new website!

As you can see, we’re all very excited about the “launch” of our new website and can’t wait to share it all with you!

Learning ZoneXpress new website celebrationWebsite Launch Treats

It won’t be a drastic change for most of you. We’ve kept much of the organization of information and the functionality the same. We want you to be able to find what you want and need. We’ve simply made a few improvements and freshened it up a bit.

Our primary goal was improving the site for mobile devices and tablets. If you use either of those we think you’ll really like what we’ve done. The purchasing process has also been streamlined and PayPal has been added as a payment method by your request!

Learning ZoneXpress New Website

Exciting, new additions or improvements:

  • Site is now mobile responsive, so get out your phones and tablets!
  • PayPal is now an available payment method for added flexibility & security.
  • Guest checkout now available for when you want to go incognito!
  • Images are amazingly large and easier to read.

For those of you that have current online accounts with us, you will need to reset your password upon signing into our new site. Passwords are confidential, so we were unable to carry them over. You are welcome to use the same password. You’ll simply have to follow the steps to set that up. (Simply click on the “Forgot Your Password” link upon sign in.)

Once you’ve done that, the rest is smooth sailing!

Take a look around at some of our latest features and see what you think. We always invite feedback. You are welcome to post in the comments below, comment on our Facebook page, or email us at toni@learningzonexpress.com.

We thank you for your endless support and input throughout this process.

Start exploring!