Lunch periods often are not long enough for students to eat the fruits and vegetables on their plates, but when children have time to eat an apple they will do so, said Martha Spencer, director of food services at South Portland Public Schools in Maine. Lewiston Public Schools nutrition director Alisa Roman said students like foods that are a little spicy, so she offers chicken curry, taco bars and Italian sandwiches to blend healthy and tasty.
Brining is the key to a moist and flavorful chicken, whether it's roasted, grilled or fried. Dry brines are best for achieving crispy skin in a flash, and wet brines yield the most tender meat. Buttermilk needs just salt and pepper to turn it into a tangy brine perfect for fried chicken.
The Teen Mother & Child Program in Salt Lake City wants to help prevent childhood obesity by targeting pregnant teens and teaching them about nutrition and exercise before their child is born. Program officials talked to teens about obstacles that prevent them from meeting nutrition guidelines and ways they can encourage others to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Patients who underwent gastric-bypass surgery appeared to be less tempted by sugar- and fat-rich foods compared with those who opted for the gastric-banding procedure, U.K. researchers reported at the Obesity Society meeting. Gastric-bypass patients also were less susceptible to impulsive and emotional eating and showed lower brain activities associated with reward eating than those in the gastric-banding group, experts said.
Agriculture programs at colleges and universities in Tennessee provide dairy products and other farm-fresh foods to campus dining halls and stores. Students in a program at Middle Tennessee State University start at 3:30 a.m. to milk cows and process and pasteurize the milk.