School Nutrition Is Here To Help

The Loudoun County Public Schools Department of School Nutrition is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals including Registered Dietitians, that are dedicated to students’ health, well being and their ability to learn. We are taking the lead to promote nutrition, wellness and physical activity for our students. Check out our district’s new interactive and user friendly Nutrition Services website by visiting www.lcpshealthycafe.org.

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Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. When your nutritional needs are met it is easier to focus and learn. When you are physically fit you are more alert, more positive and enjoy a better quality of life. Combine good nutrition with physical activity and you will have a winning combination to succeed in school. Our team is also here to help our students, parents, teachers and community partners develop and grow the farm to school program in our district.  Whether we assist with garden implementation, taste parties or nutrition educations or work with our local farmers to organize activities in the classroom, we are always happy to help!

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Along with information about menus, food allergy guidelines, meal applications, and online payments…you will find interactive nutrition lesson plans, nutrition videos, nutrition games, fitness calculators, fun activities, and healthy recipes…and it is all updated quarterly! Want to access this information from your mobile device? Download our FREE app!

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In Loudoun County, it is cool to eat at school and Nutrition Services is committed to helping you form the healthy habits today that will last a lifetime! Stop by and try one of our new menu items to help you fuel up for the day!

For more information on our program, please contact Stefanie Dove, RDN at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org or (571) 252-6502.

School Nutrition Services Wins “One In A Melon Award” for Virginia

One in a Melon BadgeLoudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Nutrition Services received a “One in a Melon” Award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to bring fresh, local produce to the students eating in school cafeterias each day.

One district per state received the honor. LCPS was selected from among all of the schools in Virginia with similar initiatives.
School Nutrition Services’ farm-to-school efforts date back to 2014 and include two local farms, Kilmer Farms and Wegmeyer Farms. For example, just last week, LCPS students enjoyed fresh strawberries from Wegmeyer Farms. The berries were actually picked the same day they were served in LCPS cafeterias.
In addition to receiving food from local farms, 31 schools also operate school gardens in an effort to produce some of their own food. Educational programs about farming extend to LCPS classrooms as well. The most successful project to date has been Farmer Trading Cards. The trading cards were released on the opening day of baseball season, which is also the first day of growing season. Instead of featuring baseball players, these trading cards profiled 12 Loudoun County farmers. The trading cards were produced in conjunction with the Loudoun Rural Economic Development Commission.
School Nutrition Services Director Becky Domokos-Bays says that future promotions are planned around Virginia Agriculture Week in October and the creation of more of the popular trading cards.

20 Ways To Enjoy Your Fruits and Veggies

In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are some wonderful tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on ways that you and your family can enjoy more fruits and vegetables!! We offer a rainbow of options for your children to choose from each day for school breakfast and lunch.  We also provide monthly taste tests to all students in the district free of charge so that they can try a new season item!  Want to know more about our program or what we serve? Head over to our website or stop by the cafeteria today!

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

In honor of National Muffin Day, we decided to share one of our staff members favorite blueberry muffin recipes!  Unlike traditional blueberry muffins, they are low in sugar, high in fiber and flavorful!

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2 Tablespoons butter
1 egg
2/3 cup plain yogurt (whole milk or 2%)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter or coconut oil in microwave.
  3. Stir in egg, yogurt and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and stir until just combined.
  5. Gently mix in berries, reserving a tablespoon or two.
  6. Fill lined muffin pans 3/4 of the way full.  Will make 7-8 muffins.
  7. Press a few berries into the top of each muffin.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.