A Closer Look at… Tools for Getting Fit You know that role modeling can be a critical tool in successfully encouraging students to be active and make healthy food choices. Operators who are looking for neat tools to get and keep themselves motivated toward wellness goals may find the getFITkit from fitlosophy, inc., a helpful resource. The getFITkit includes a fit-book ™ journal to guide you through 12 weeks of logging your efforts. You also will receive a goal weight scale that tracks and displays your progress toward your goal weight, a digital food scale and other related tools, such as a body tape measure and additional health tips. Purchase items as an all-inclusive system or just pick specific products. Available for teachers and child nutrition educators is a similar 12-week program designed specifically for students: fit@school, which includes the fitbook junior™ journal. Also included is a teacher’s kit with two program levels for young children and adolescents. All items can be ordered directly from the company’s website. Visit www.getfitbook.com to learn more. Dairy Good Land O’Lakes Ingredients has added Sea-Salted Caramel to its line of dairy seasonings. The Land O’Lakes® butter powder base mixed with caramel and sea salt is designed to give this seasoning a sweet and creamy flavor, currently popular with consumers. Food processors—and operators seeking to partner with processors—can use this ingredient in a variety of menu applications, such as snacks, sauces and dips. To learn more, visit www.landolakes-ingredients.com or call (800) 328-1322. Roast to the Top Roast-Works® Root Vegetables from Simplot can help add a new healthy side option to school menus. The RoastWorks line includes six root vegetables—sweet potatoes, turnips, gold and purple potatoes, red onions and yellow carrots—that are individually roasted and seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. The hand-cut appearance and colorful blend help make the presentation of vegetables inviting for students. For recipe ideas and for more information, visit www.simplotfoods.com/roastworks or call (800) 572-7783. Matchmaker Control item-by-item cook settings easily with Ovention’s Matchbox® Oven 1718, a microwavefree, UL ventless conveyor oven. The appliance uses new Precision Impingement technology, which allows for variable cook times, independent blower speeds and changing temperatures for each item. This hood-free, quiet and energy-efficient oven also includes a catalytic converter, USB port and front panel cooling system. Visit www.oventionovens.com or call (855) 298-6836. Big Fish Clear Springs Foods has added a new on-trend item to its line of products: a Tortilla-Crusted Rainbow Trout Fillet. Made from 100% guaranteed boneless rainbow trout fillets, the fish is crusted with a spicy chili lime tortilla coating to enhance flavor and texture. Each fillet offers more than 25 grams of protein, plus omega-3 fatty acids and no trans fats. To learn more about this product, which conveniently comes in 10-lb. cases, visit www.clearsprings.com/foodservice or call (800) 635-8211. True Blue The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council offers operators a variety of recipes and menu ideas, such as Purple Cow Smoothies, No-Bake Blueberry Crisp, Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Parfaits. Looking for nutrition education materials? Visit www.littlebluedynamos.org for activity sheets, games, fun facts and more. To learn more, call (916) 983-0111. Snack Attack Skeeter Nut Free snacks are 100% nut free and whole-grain and are available for school nutrition operations. The company’s products are specially made for children with tree-nut allergies and are available for purchase in bulk quantities. The 1-oz. packs are available in Cinnamon Graham and Mini Chocolate Chip varieties. A Chocolate Graham variety will soon be available. For more information, visit www.skeetersnacks.com or call (800) 379-0331. Ultra Good Offer your students whole-grain goodness with Ultra® Bread Slices from Super Bakery. These 51% whole-grain, 2-oz. grain equivalent slices come individually wrapped and in three flavors: Banana, Zucchini and Wild Forest Berry. They meet the 35/10/35 nutrition requirements for schools and are all-natural with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Call (800) 722-6841 or visit www.superbakery.com to learn more. Strawberry Sensation National Strawberry Month might have taken place in May, but you can still celebrate the season of the strawberry with recipe options from the California Strawberry Commission. These include Strawberry Quick Bread, Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder With Strawberry Chutney and Strawberry Balsamic Pizza. Strawberry-related games and media for kids are available on the California Strawberry Commission’s www.calstrawberry.com website. To learn more about strawberries and how to incorporate them in your operation, call (831) 724-1301. Wowzerz! WOWBUTTER Foods, a Hilton Whole Grain Millers company, offers WOWBUTTER® to school nutrition programs. Made with soy, WOWBUTTER is a safe peanut butter spread alternative for students with tree-nut allergies. It is said to be credited the same as peanut butter when used as a meat alternative, offering 7 grams of protein. The company website features snack recipe ideas, such as Banana Pie and Frozen Banana Sandwiches. The product features no added colors, flavors, preservatives or GMOs. To learn more, visit www.wowbutter.com. The Perfect Pour The SaferFood Solutions™ PourMaster® pour bottle from TableCraft is NSF® certified, designed with Perfect- Flex™ technology to allow for easier and more controlled dispensing of liquids. Made of a soft plastic, it allows for easy squeezing and dispensing of condiments. It is available in six different colors—green, white, orange, red, yellow and brown—for easy storage and identification. It is dishwasher safe. For more, visit www.tablecraft.com or call (847) 855-9000. Double Bubble Crystal Geyser offers school operations Sparkling Mineral Water, a natural, healthy and refreshing alternative to sugared or artificially sweetened soft drinks for vending or a la carte service. The beverage comes in five flavors— Original, Lemon, Lime, Orange and Very Berry—in 18-oz. four packs. For more information, visit www.crystalgeyser.com. Jump Start The Otis Spunkmeyer Breakfast Guide, Get a Jump Start on Breakfast, presents general breakfast trends, identifies consumer purchase decision drivers and provides turnkey product and merchandising solutions that enable foodservice operators to potentially boost breakfast sales. While some specific suggestions may not be appropriate for K-12 reimbursable meal programs, this resource is sure to get you thinking about ways you can increase participation. For more information, visit www.spunkmeyer.com or call (888) 275-6847. Bigger and Better Breakfast favorite Nutella® from Ferrero now comes in a larger 6.6-lb. size, making it more convenient for school nutrition operators to meet their medium- to high-volume needs. The new packaging offers a functional design with a handle and larger opening and a small footprint for efficient storage. Nutella also is available in a 26.5-oz. jar and in 0.52-oz. single-serve packets. Get recipes for the popular hazelnut and cocoa spread at www.nutellafoodservice.com. Go for Grapes The California Table Grape Commission offers Trends in Foodservice: Featuring Grapes From California, a free full-color booklet for operators. The booklet features tips and ideas on how grapes can boost the appeal of traditional and new menu options. Also available is a free full-color booklet for caterers titled Presenting Fresh Grapes From California for Catering Professionals. To receive either or both of these guides, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 447-8350. Little Dippers Super Crispy™ Dippers by AdvancePierre Foods are 1-oz. portions of seasoned whole-muscle beef steak and pork sirloin that have been battered and breaded in a panko-style crumb coating for a crunchy bite. Serve the Super Crispy Beef Dippers or Super Crispy Pork Dippers with a sauce, or pair them with a side of vegetables. For more information, visit www.apfk12.com or call (888) 723-8237. Bon Appetit! French-Style Traditional and Savory Crepes from Kontos Foods are lower in calories, fat, carbohydrates and sodium than other breads and wraps. They can be used to create breakfast sandwiches as an alternative for bread, rolls or bagels. Both varieties are available in packages of 10 in 7.76-oz. and 10-oz. sizes. For more details, visit www.kontos.com or call (973) 278-2800. Bite Pack Available from Chiquita Brands are Chiquita Bites, single-serve snack packs of fruits and vegetables offered with or without dipping sauce. Varieties include Apple Bites With Yogurt, Carrot Bites With Ranch Dressing, Peeled Apple Bites, Apple Grape Bites and more. These varieties also are available in multipacks and family packs. Each pack’s contents are washed and ready to eat and provide 1 to 2 grams of fiber. For more information, visit www.chiquita.com. Cold and Creamy Electro Freeze®, a division of H.C. Duke and Son, offers its Genesis Series™ Soft Serve Freezers, which allow you to offer students such healthy, cold and sweet treats as frozen yogurt, gelato, Italian ice and more. The full Electro Freeze line ranges from space-saving countertop freezer models to compact floor units. For more information, visit www.electrofreeze.com or call (800) 755-4545. Berry Blasts Now that dried cranberries have joined cranberry sauce on the USDA Foods Available List, learn how to use these nutritious fruits more effectively in your menus. The Cranberry Marketing Committee USA recently released a School Lunch Toolkit with all of the logistical information you need to successfully serve cranberries. It also includes recipes, such as Cranberry BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and Harvest Cranberry Pasta Salad. For the toolkit, visit http://tinyurl.com/cranberrykit; for more on the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA, visit www.uscranberries.com. Show Some Palm Speed up lunch lines by implementing palm scanning to verify the customer’s identity at the point of sale. Fujitsu offers palm scanning technology with a contactless scanner, reducing the impact of dirt, grease and other undesirable side effects. The company notes that more than 50 school districts are using this technology today. As palm scanning is not used by any law enforcement agency at this time, schools may avoid the negative stigma associated with fingerprint-based biometrics programs, says the company. For more details, call (877) 766-7545 or e-mail palm email@example.com.
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