June 27, 2012
As we walked down the hallway in Reid Park Elementary, I was both excited and nervous to meet the kid I was going to read with… but mostly nervous. I don’t have a ton of experience of hanging out with first graders – more specifically I haven’t since I was a first grader. I was hoping that he or she would like me, think I was funny, think I was cool and try to make a difference for those 30 minutes that we were together.
I was at Reid Park with other YMCA of Greater Charlotte employees as a part of the Y Readers program – a program created in 1999 to help children improve their reading who are currently below their grade level.
I was teamed with Ja’Marcus, a bright-eyed rising first grader who wasted no time.
“Will you read this to me?” he asked as he handed me Mouse Tales.
“Absolutely!” I was thrilled that the ice breaker went so smoothly. “Where do you want to read?”
We sat down on the floor and he took the book from my hands.
“I want to read it,” he demanded.
I was impressed. I was surprised. I was eager to see if his story telling skills were what I thought they’d be. Sadly, they were not. He was looking at the pictures and making up his own story as his finger trailed below the words that he was trying to pretend he was reading.
“Do you want me to help?” I asked. I could tell he couldn’t read well if at all. “I’ll read any of the tales you want.”
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June 19, 2012
Need a lunch time recipe or an idea for a summer picnic? Try this tasty treat!
2 cups Fusilli pasta
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup of peeled sliced cucumbers
1 cup of diet Italian dressing
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to box directions omitting any salt. Drain and cool pasta. Mix the rest of ingredients together with pasta and refrigerate until chilled.
* Can also add onions, peppers, or your other favorite veggies.
Number of Servings: 6
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 5.5 g
Cholesterol: 9.0 mg
Sodium: 170.2 mg
Total Carbs: 25.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 7.7 g
Recipe modified from Sparkpeople.com.
June 12, 2012
Need a healthy dinner or a nutritional snack? Try this today!
2 – 10 oz cans of all natural canned white chicken
1/3 c dried cranberries
1/3 c chopped apple (any kind)
1/3 c chopped seedless grapes (any kind)
1/3 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c fat free yogurt
4 tbsp vegan light canola oil mayonnaise
1 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients.1 cup per serving.
Number of Servings: 5
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving Calories: 347.8
Total Fat: 17.5 g
Cholesterol: 70.9 mg
Sodium: 640.0 mg
Total Carbs: 19.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 27.3 g
June 5, 2012
Need a healthy recipe for dinner tonight? Try this!
Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole
12 oz cooked chicken breasts, diced
2 T all purpose flour
2 T butter, unsalted
10 oz skim milk
1 pinch white pepper
1 t Italian seasoning
1 T Parmesan cheese, grated
7 oz Penne pasta, whole wheat
2 yellow or orange bell peppers, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 heads, approx. 12 ounces broccoli, chopped
1/3 c Monterrey jack cheeseNonstick cooking spray
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 8.8 g
Cholesterol: 51.7 mg
Sodium: 175.0 mg
Total Carbs: 36.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.8 g
Protein: 27.9 g
Place butter in a small pot that has been preheated over medium heat. Once the butter foams, add flour and stir for 1 minute. Add milk to the mixture and continue to stir until it starts to bubble. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add pepper, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese to the sauce. Stir. Cook pasta according to package and during the last minute add the chopped broccoli to the water. Allow to simmer for one minute.
Drain the pasta and broccoli. Spray a 9 x 13 oven-proof casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the pasta and broccoli with the chicken and chopped vegetables; cover with the sauce. Place in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the Monterey jack cheese and cover with foil.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees; remove foil and continue to bake until cheese is melted.
Modified Information from Sparkpeople.com