Royal Happenings: March is National Nutrition Month

By Mary Miller

Food Service Director

Welcome back to the Royals Café. it seems that spring is just around the corner. We were happy to have no snow days this winter to date, we like the idea of ending the school year in May.

We have had some exciting events this past winter: Watertown Mayer Football Banquet, Primary Breakfast for Parents, Lions Club Breakfast and the Minnesota Special Olympics in January. Now it is time to look forward to spring and warmer weather to bring a new harvest each month.

Royal Happenings is a weekly feature of the Carver County News. Content is provided and written by Watertown-Mayer staff.

During the month of March, Watertown Mayer Food Service will be recognizing two important events which are National Nutrition Month and National School Breakfast Week. Both of these events have been a staple in school nutrition in the past and with the development of new standards set forth this year we are excited about educating the students through their taste buds and minds.

“Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday” is the theme for National Nutrition Month. We want to encourage students to make good choices when eating lunch by offering a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to build a healthy lunch. We recognize eating habits have changed. We are concerned about the impact to our students and their future health. Additional highlights will continue at the High School Royals Café during lunch with the menu at the Chefs Table.  This is a hot spot for students to try new items and come back for some of their favorite requests. Studies indicate that students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores and improve their cognitive speed and memory, according to the Food Research and Action Center. However, fewer than half of the children that receive lunch at school also receive breakfast. To garner increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, Watertown Mayer schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week. Slated for March 4-8, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2013 theme, “Be a Star with School Breakfast,” highlights how eating a balanced breakfast at school can help students shine like their favorite stars in the movies, on the field, and on TV. The campaign will be appearing in school cafeterias from January to March, culminating in National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8 2013.

We will start the week off with a promotion at Watertown-Mayer Primary School on Monday, March 4, with homemade Fresh Fruit Smoothies and Granola Breakfast Round served during the Kindergarten morning snack. On Tuesday, March 5, the students at Watertown –Mayer Elementary School will be given the opportunity to visit the Royals Tasting Table and create their own yogurt parfaits from a choice of fresh fruit options and homemade granola.

Every school day, our breakfast program offers students the healthy foods they need to get set for a busy school day.  Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size.  We look forward to seeing the students each day at school and sometimes twice a day. For more information on promotions, please check the Watertown Mayer School website.