Do you like to make zucchini bread? Now you have the perfect reason to make it - April 25th is Zucchini Bread Day!
What's even better news than that? Zucchini bread will still be creditable on October 1, 2017, after the improved Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern requirements go into effect.
So, let's celebrate with some tasty zucchini bread possibilities.
- Zucchini Bread - Recipe from What's Cooking
- Orange Zucchini Bread - Recipe from Super Healthy Kids
- Fiesta Zucchini Bread - Recipe from Colorado Healthier Meals for Healthier Kids Menu and Recipes, Page 4 (smallest yield 25). Check out the larger toolkit, section 2, for incorporating the bread into learning about the kitchen and food in your program.
Do you have a favorite zucchini bread recipe? Please share. Do you have some good ideas for involving the children? Mixing the batter is always a good one, what else?
Grains in CACFP
Several parts of the standard for the grain component are changing for participants of the CACFP in October. A few big changes are:
- programs are required to serve one whole grain during the day,
- grain-based deserts are no longer creditable, and
- sugar in breakfast cereals.
Facts and Resources
- USDA's memo "Grain Requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; Questions and Answer," provides detailed information clarifying the new requirements. Attachment 2, page 3, number 4 is where you will find that quick breads such as zucchini bread and banana bread are still creditable.
- Association for Child Development (ACD) - Information about Grain-Based Desserts can help navigate the information that is in the above USDA memo.
- USDA's CACFP Meal Pattern Training Tools - this is where USDA will continue to post helpful information to help implement the new meal patterns.