Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FRESH PRODUCE - DIRECT FROM THE FARM TO SEA CLIFF SCHOOL

http://www.northwordnews.com/farmigo-comes-to-sea-cliff.html

FRESH PRODUCE - DIRECT FROM THE FARM TO SEA CLIFF SCHOOL

Picture Farmigo, a Brooklyn based Benefit Company that delivers fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce sourced from local farms, is coming to Sea Cliff.  The service allows community members to purchase vegetables, meats, and other food items on-line, and to pick up their orders a few days later at Sea Cliff School.

Anyone, not just Sea Cliff Elementary parents, are welcome to join the Sea Cliff produce purchasing community.

Purchases support sustainable small farms and the local economy, and 10% of all proceeds go back to Sea Cliff School.

Farmigo partners with family-run farms to provide a direct link between small producers and mindful consumers. Like a community supported agriculture organization (CSA), Farmigo works within communities,to reinforce the sense of joining together around food.  The service was brought to the School through the efforts of Sea Cliff mom Nedra Bleifer, and with support from Principal Chis Zublionis and the Sea Cliff PCA. 

According to to Farmigo's website, all produce is organic-certified, grown by farmers who use sustainable growing practices, and the meat is pasture-raised, the fish wild-caught, and the eggs and dairy free of GMOs, hormones and antibiotics.  All produce is harvested within 48 hours of delivery. 

The system is quite simple, and allows customers to "pay-as-you-go," and requires no long-term commitment.  One only need go to https://www.farmigo.com/seacliffelementary to set up an account 

Every week, members place their individual orders by Sunday night at midnight;
on Monday, Farmigo sends all orders to the farmers, who harvest on Tuesday;
on Wednesdays, farmers deliver their produce to Farmigo, where items are sorted and placed in individual shopping bags, with each member's name labeled;
From 2:45 to 4:00pm on Wednesday, Sea Cliff Community members retrieve their orders; on Thursday, orders are processed, to allow for members to send feedback on their delivery and alert Farmigo of any issue by emailing help@farmigo.com.


The system allows for a standing weekly order that is automatically in place for each week, if that is what the customer desires.  If not, the order can easily be modified or put on hold at any time. There are no order minimums and no commitment fees.

The first delivery is on Wednesday, January 29, for which orders must be received by midnight this Sunday.  

To sign up and order from the Sea Cliff Community, visit this link -
www.farmigo.com/seacliffelementary or contact Nedra Bleifer at bleifernedra@gmail.com.

For further information on Farmigo, please contact Ludovica Ferme: ludovica@farmigo.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You Won’t Believe Where Silly Putty Is Hiding In Your Food

http://foodbabe.com/2013/10/22/sillyputty/

Dimethylpolysiloxane 101 (a.k.a. Silly Putty)

Dimethylsiloxane is commonly used in vinegary-smelling silicone caulks, adhesives, and aquarium sealants, a component in silicone grease and other silicone based lubricants, as well as in defoaming agents, mold release agents, damping fluids, heat transfer fluids, polishes, cosmetics, hair conditioners AND IN OUR FOOD!
There have been no major studies conducted on the safety of dimethylsiloxane in food by the FDA or the Food Industry since it was approved in 1998, but the food industry is allowed to use it in anything they want (except milk). Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, McDonalds French Fries, KFC Mash Potatoes and Biscuits, Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists, Five Guys French Fries, Dominos Bread Sticks, and on and on – the list of guilty restaurants is mind-blowing.

Monday, November 25, 2013

What's for Lunch, Tuesday 11/26/2013

Southwest Taco Bowl

Corn Tortilla Bowl
Brown Rice, Tomato, Cheese, Salsa, & Romaine
Chipotle Vinaigrette
Zesty Black Beans
Sweet Corn
*Add Chicken on Request*
 
Pineapple Chunks in Juice
The brown rice is a great whole grain. The black beans are canned. I'm assuming the same for the corn .

The southwest-style chicken is from Tyson and described as diced, cooked "chicken meat." Read more about farm animals raised by industrial giants like Tyson,  antibiotics and hormones.  The bowl comes from Smokewood Foods. The ingredients are described just as "enriched masa flour" and they look like a big rectangular corn chip. They have 5g of fat and no sodium.  

GF 
NO SALAD BAR TODAY

 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What's for Lunch, Monday 11/25/2013

Flatbread Cheese Pizza - Add Chicken on Request* 

Caesar Salad
Strawberry Smoothie

Unlike many schools, we do make these pizzas. This is a white-flour pizza (not whole grain). The sauce is a Red Pack vitamin enhanced tomato sauce. The sodium at 140mg is much lower than we previously used.  Here are the ingredients: Tomato Concentrate (Water, Tomato Paste), Sugar, Soybean Oil, Potassium Chloride, Onion Powder, Salt, Citric Acid, Spice, Garlic Powder, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Black Pepper, Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Natural Flavor, Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate).

Go with cheese.  The chicken is a pre-cooked breaded Tyson chicken product. The ingredients are: Boneless, skinless chicken breast filets with rib meat, water, modified food starch, sodium phosphates, salt. PREDUSTED WITH: Enriched wheat flour (enriched with niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), wheat gluten, salt. BATTERED WITH: Water, enriched bleached wheat flour (enriched with niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), modified corn starch, salt, dextrose, spices, garlic powder, xanthan gum, oleoresin paprika and annatto. BREADED WITH: Enriched wheat flour (enriched with niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), salt, spices, garlic powder, extractives of paprika, natural flavors (spice extractives). Breading set in vegetable oil.  Their serving size has 10g of fat (2 of which are saturated) and 620 mg of sodium.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What's for Lunch, Thursday 11/21/201

French Bread Pizza Plain OR with Meatballs

Caesar Salad with Chickpeas & Tomatoes
 
Fresh Melon
 
We make these ourselves - we do not serve highly processed frozen pizzas. For our various pizzas, we use  the Red Pack vitamin enhanced tomato sauce. The sodium at 140mg is much lower than we previously used.  Here are the ingredients: Tomato Concentrate (Water, Tomato Paste), Sugar, Soybean Oil, Potassium Chloride, Onion Powder, Salt, Citric Acid, Spice, Garlic Powder, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Black Pepper, Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Natural Flavor, Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate).  The cheese is a USDA commodity part skim mozzarella.  Ingredients are cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes. The sodium is 240mg/oz -  we use 2 ounces. 
The meatballs we've used previously are processed, cooked and frozen by Tyson from commodity beef and although we've improved the beef in our hamburgers, the same is true for the meatballs. Ingredients are: Ground beef (not more than 20% fat), water, bread crumbs (bleached wheat flour, salt, yeast, dextrose, and soybean oil), seasoning (salt, dehydrated onion, dehydrated celery, garlic powder, spices, soybean oil), tomato puree (tomatoes and citric acid), grated parmesan cheese [(cultured part-skim milk, salt and enzymes), cellulose powder, potassium sorbate], grated romano cheese made from cow's milk [(cultured pasteurized part-skim milk, salt and enzymes), cellulose powder, potassium sorbate].   They have 9g of fat (3 are saturated) and 450 mg of sodium. 
 
The Caesar salad is pretty clear - romaine is a traditional choice for caesar but also more nutritious than iceberg. The Caesar salad dressing is organic by Chelten. Here are the ingredients: filtered water, organic soybean oil, organic white vinegar, organic Parmesan cheese (pasteurized organic cow's milk, salt, cheese cultures, microbial enzymes, organic potato starch), pasteurized organic frozen whole egg yolks, salt, organic sugar, organic ground mustard seed, organic garlic powder organic onion powder, organic black pepper, xanthan gum.  (in 2 tbsp - 8 g fat, 160 mg sodium). 

Monday, November 18, 2013

What's for Lunch, Tuesday 11/19/2013

Homemade Baked Ziti

From the Farm...
Sautéed Broccoli with Garlic & Oil
Fresh Fruit Salad

 The ziti is a white flour pasta with some protein by Barilla Plus. The ingredients are:  Semolina, Grain and Legume Flour, Blend (Lentils, Chickpeas, Egg Whites, Spelt, Barley, Flaxseed, Oat Fiber, Oats), Durum Flour, Niacin, Iron (Ferrous Sulfate), Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid.

The sauce is a Red Pack vitamin enhanced tomato sauce. The sodium at 140mg is much lower than we previously used.  Here are the ingredients: Tomato Concentrate (Water, Tomato Paste), Sugar, Soybean Oil, Potassium Chloride, Onion Powder, Salt, Citric Acid, Spice, Garlic Powder, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Black Pepper, Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Natural Flavor, Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate)

Food allergy epinephrine bill reaches Obama's desk

Updated 4:25 p.m. E.T.
WASHINGTONPresident Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that gives a financial incentive to states to stockpile emergency medications in schools that could save lives in the cases of allergic reactions.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57612201/food-allergy-epinephrine-bill-reaches-obamas-desk/