CHOP Grant Parent Newsletter
September 2018
September Wrap-up

We at CHOP want to extend a huge thank you to all the families that have participated in our family newsletters this year!
Cooking Up Healthy Options with Plants is a USDA Team Nutrition Grant in the state of Colorado. Through classroom curriculum, culinary training for Center and Home staff, as well as funding and assistance for gardens, our grant is working to improve the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that children in Colorado are eating while in care.
We have had a great year working with your children and the amazing staff at your centers and homes. Please fill out our short survey to help us improve our newsletters and grant for next year! 
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Those who take our survey and provide their email address will be entered to win a set of CHOP Recipe Cards, measuring cups, and a set on non-stick cooking mats. Survey will close on Sept. 28, 2018 and winner will be announced on the same day.  
For the month of September your children will be learning about Sweet potatoes & Cantaloupe. 
Fun Facts
  • Sweet potatoes are oblong shaped, like a squished ball.

  • They are originally from Central and South America.

  • They come in different varieties- some have orange flesh, while others have yellow or white flesh.

  • Despite their name, they are not related to potatoes.

  • Sweet potato plants grow from the eyes (buds) on sweet potatoes.

  • There are many fun ways to eat sweet potatoes including in potato salads, as wedges, mashed, baked, in muffins and cookies, and cooked with apples and pork chops.

  • Cantaloupe is round and feels rough on the outside.

  • Inside a cantaloupe, it is orange, smooth, and juicy.

  • It grows on vines from the seeds that are found inside of it.

  • Cantaloupes are named for a village in Italy.

  • There are many fun ways to eat cantaloupe including in salads, fruit kabobs, smoothies, or salsa.

Produce Tips

Sweet Potatoes
  • Choose firm, dry, smooth sweet potatoes. Avoid buying sweet potatoes with wrinkles, sprouts, bruises or decay.

  • Store sweet potatoes in a dry, cool room.

  • Wash sweet potatoes just before cooking them.
  • At the store, pick a cantaloupe that is fragrant and heavy for its size with no major bruises.

  • It is important to wash cantaloupe before cutting into it because bacteria like to grow on the rind.

  • Once cantaloupe is cut, it should refrigerated and eaten within 2 to 3 days.

Involve your Kids in Cooking
  • They can help wash the cantaloupe, peaches, and strawberries.

  • For the recipe, with adult supervision kids can use a butter knife to cut the tops off the strawberries. Then they can cut the strawberries into small pieces. When the fruit is all cut up, kids can mix the fruit together.

  • They can wash and scrub sweet potatoes.

  • For the recipe, they can sprinkle salt and pepper over the wedges. 

Family-friendly Recipes 
Click each image to be redirected to the full printable recipe. 
More Family Fun for September

Color the Story of How a Cantaloupe Grows found here, pg 38. 

Cantaloupe…A Look Inside

  • The adult cuts the cantaloupe in half.

  • Talk to your child about the inside of the cantaloupe.

    • What color is the inside of the cantaloupe? (orange) What color is the outside of the cantaloupe? (tan) How does the cantaloupe smell? (sweet)

  • Then eat a slice of cantaloupe with your child

    • How does the cantaloupe taste? (sweet, soft) How does the outside of the cantaloupe feel? (rough)

Sweet Potato Number Match Activity found here pg 35. 

Sweet Potato…A Look Inside

  • The adult cuts a baked sweet potato in half.

  • Talk to your child about the inside of the sweet potato.

    • What color is the inside of the sweet potato? (orange) What color is the outside of the sweet potato? (brown) How does the sweet potato smell? (sweet)

  • Then eat a bite of the sweet potato with your child

    • How does the sweet potato taste? (sweet, soft) How does the outside of the sweet potato feel? (rough)

CACFP website
CACFP website
Link to CHEARS
Link to CHEARS
CACFP email
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WIC website
WIC website
CHOP Facebook
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Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  

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