ENTER THIS Blend the Rules Recipe Contest | Mushroom Council When you make time to share the creative ways that you “Blend the Rules” to incorporate mushrooms into student meals, you could win money from the Mushroom Council to support your farm to school initiatives. Entries can feature a meat-mushroom blend or highlight either fresh or cooked mushrooms. The grand prize winner will be awarded a $5,000 farm to school grant, while runners-up will each receive a $1,500 grant. Additional winning districts will receive 25 mushroom growing kits each. The deadline to enter is April 15, 2017; winners will be announced on Earth Day. Visit www.mushroomsinschools.com/blend-the-rules for contest CHECK THAT OUT Green Packaging | Form Plastics Company Check out Form Plastics Company’s Grab-n-Go Green Natural Range Packaging, eco-friendly heat seal paperboard packaging that’s designed to complement your nutritious menu items. The packaging is available for sandwiches with different sizes and styles of breads, entrees and even multi-component box lunches. Customize the packaging with your operation’s brand, in up to six colors. Call (630) 443-1400 or visit www.grabngogreen.com. CHECK THAT OUT Whole-Grain Trout Products | Clear Springs Foods Clear Springs Foods’ whole-grain trout products are a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and proteins without the “fishy” taste that deters some kids from trying seafood items. Four 1-oz. pieces of Whole-Grain Rainbow Trout Treasures credit as 2-oz.-eq. meat/meat alternate and 1 1⁄4-oz.-eq. whole grains, while the Whole-Grain Sriracha Melts credit as 2-oz.-eq. meat/meat alternate and 1-oz.-eq. whole grains. Clear Springs also offers Whole-Grain Citrus Sesame Trout Taco Portions, which credit as 1 1⁄2-oz.-eq. meat/meat alternate and 1-oz.-eq. bread. Learn more at www.clearsprings.com. READ THIS Gluten-Free Family Favorites | Kelli Bronski Find inspiration for creating gluten-free dishes at home or at school. Featuring 75 kid-friendly recipes, this cookbook offers suggestions sure to tempt the kids you know and love. In addition to recipes such as Banana Muffins, Soft Pretzels, Fish Sticks and Apple Cider Donuts, Gluten-Free Family Favorites teaches the basics of maintaining a gluten-free kitchen and avoiding cross-contamination. Available through top retailers. CHECK THAT OUT Foodservice Products | Hubert Hubert now offers a variety of storage, prep and merchandising products, including a dunnage rack that prevents condensation and bacteria buildup, featuring rounded corners to avoid package tears. Additionally, Hubert sells purple allergen awareness baskets and mats, which are made of a durable and washable wicker; Write-on/Wipe-off Identification Tape, which can stand up to temperatures up to 225°F; and a three-shelf color-coded utility cart, which comes in five colors, is made of durable plastic construction and rolls easily on 4-in. full swivel casters. Visit www.hubert.com to learn more about these and hundreds of other products. LOOK AT THAT Cheez-It Champion Winners | Kellogg’s Specialty Channels Congratulations to the winners of Kellogg’s Specialty Channels’ Cheez-It Champion Recipe Contest, which was launched at SNA’s 2016 Annual National Conference. The gold medal award goes to Chef Helen Duran and Dietetic Intern Nora Zamzam of Coppell (Texas) Independent School District with their Grilled Cheez-It Dipper. The silver medal winner is Gaila Wester, Fordland (Mo.) Elementary School with her Cheez-It Crusted Pollock Fillets and the bronze medal winner is Chef Rodrigo Puente of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District for his Xtra Cheesy Panchos. Visit www.kelloggsspecialtychannels.com/home/k12. ENTER THIS Bright Apples Sweepstakes | Knouse Foods Enter Musselman’s Bright Apples Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 AMEX gift card to use for school improvements and your choice of either an apple tree seedling to plant at your school or one case of Musselman’s Squeezables. All registered participants will receive educational posters, including a create-your-own Bright Apple poster. For a bonus entry into the sweepstakes, submit a photograph of the completed poster to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries and optional photographs must be received by March 31. Visit www.knousefoodservice.com/bright-apples-sweepstakes. CLICK THIS Hoot of Loot | www.hootofloot.com Created by a teacher for teachers and other education professionals, Hoot of Loot is an online marketplace to purchase discounted and/or secondhand education materials. You can search by location and category to find just what you need to organize nutrition education activities on a tight budget. Consider this the Craigslist of educational resources! CHECK THAT OUT Frozen Novelty | Hershey’s Ice Cream Hershey’s now offers a reduced-fat Cookies and Cream Flavored Ice Cream Sandwich that is Smart Snack-approved. With just 150 calories and 2.5 grams fat, this is a treat that students can enjoy and you can offer to support a la carte revenue. The sandwiches come 24 to a case. Visit www.hersheyicecream.com/smartsnacksinschools. CHECK THAT OUT Nut-Free Chocolate Grahams | Skeeter Snacks, LLC Skeeter Snacks, LLC, recently announced that its reformulated Chocolate Grahams will be available to school meal operations in Spring 2017. The Chocolate Grahams are Smart Snack-compliant, nut-free and 100% whole grain. One serving credits as 1-oz.-eq. whole grains. For more information, visit www.skeeternutfree.com. CHECK THAT OUT ProCart Ultra | Cambro The new ProCart Ultra™ transport cart from Cambro is designed with dual compartments and optional thermal modules that allow operators the convenience to alternate between passive, hot or cold holding all within the same unit. The ProCart Ultra, with its flexibility in temperature and its ability to hold a variety of food pans, sheet pans or pizza boxes, will provide operations that send items to satellite sites with the ability to consolidate to a single cart. Visit www.cambro.com/procartultra. CHECK THAT OUT Sour Flavored Golden Raisins | Sun-Maid New Sun-Maid Sour Flavored Golden Raisins come in two flavors, Sour Lemon and Sour Strawberry, and credit as 1-oz.-eq. fruit. These fun-flavored raisins also contribute to the daily requirement of potassium and iron, but are free from added sugars and fat. Contact email@example.com for details. DOWNLOAD THIS Countable | Available for Android and iOS Stay abreast of the legislation that your representatives in Congress are introducing and/or considering with Countable, the app that digests proposed bills into easily understood language. Once you learn what the bill is about, you can use the app to vote “yea” or “nay” and send your opinion straight to your own U.S. representatives with one click of a button.
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