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Menu Planning & Nutrition Resources

Materials and Resources

Cooking up Healthy Habits: A Guide to CACFP Meals
Looking for recipe ideas to jazz up your menus? The “Cooking up Healthy Habits: A Guide to CACFP Meals,” formally known as the “CACFP Menu Planning Guide” includes eight weeks of sample menus as well as recipes standardized to meet CACFP meal pattern requirements. Other items included are information on healthy food substitutions and cooking methods and tips for transitioning kids to healthier foods.

Healthy Snack Ideas

Chefs Move to School (for early care & education programs too)!
Sign up online under the 'schools' tab to match up with a chef in your area.

Child Care Recipes: Food for Health and Fun
Provided by USDA's Team Nutrition, this is the first major revision of the Quantity Recipes for Child Care Centers since 1979. This collection contains standardized recipes and kitchen tips that will help centers put together great tasting, nutritious meals that young children will love. The revised recipe collection includes 141 new recipes, 43 information cards which address a variety of food service topics, and a "Working with the Recipes" section which explains the recipes format and how to use them.

Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

Helping Families Stay Healthy

Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)
The Institute provides valuable resources online for both Adult Day Care and Child Care Centers/Providers.

For questions about this information, contact CNT (608) 267-9129