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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions against low-carbohydrate diets for children at risk for diabetes.

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  • AAP warns against low-carb diets for children at risk of diabetes, emphasizing potential health risks.

  • Report advises against very low-carb and ketogenic diets due to concerns about nutritional deficiencies, growth issues, and disordered eating behaviors.

  • Neither the American Diabetes Association nor the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes endorse widespread use of low-carb diets in growing children with type 1 diabetes.

  • AAP recommends a balanced diet with 45-65% of daily calories from carbohydrates, with a focus on nutrient-rich foods.

  • Multidisciplinary monitoring and open communication with healthcare providers recommended for children and adolescents on specific diets, with additional guidance for those with diabetes.

Lets Eat Healthy! Calendar.



How To Have A Nourishing Year

By James Marin

Adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet is a win across the board for multiple reasons:

  1. They can be relatively inexpensive by volume compared to other foods.

  2. They are low in calories and high in nutrients.

  3. They not only feed you, but they also feed the microbes that live in and on you.

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Ingredient List

For the Fruit Snowflakes:

  • Kiwi

  • Pineapple

  • Strawberries

  • Blueberries

  • Mini marshmallows

For the Hot Cocoa Dip: 

  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

  • 1 packet (single serve) hot chocolate mix

  • Mini marshmallows

Click here for the instructions!


Check out these delicious recipes with pulses as the STAR!




Hit the Trail Running Granola Bar

Recipe & Instructions



Servings   12   Serving Size   1 bar

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium peanut butter

  • 2 teaspoons stevia sweetener

    OR 4 stevia sweetener packets

  • 5 squeezes caramel-flavored liquid stevia sweetener

  • 5 squeezes coconut-flavored liquid stevia sweetener

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats

  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal

  • 1/4 cup sliced, or, slivered almonds

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries

  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted wheat germ


This educational storybook, available in English and in Spanish, was developed to introduce MyPlate to young children. Parents or caregivers read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites.

2 bite

2 bite

It’s time to embrace a more balanced and holistic approach to well-being, focusing on nourishing our bodies with a diverse range of foods rather than sticking to rigid dietary rules. We’ve realized that these restrictive diets often do more harm than good, promoting unsustainable and unhealthy habits.

Nicole Johnson  

   The Gazette

World Pulses Day | 10 February


Why a World Pulses Day?

What are Pulses?

Pulses are the dry, edible seeds of plants in the legume family, including chickpeas, lentils, dry peas and beans. Pulses are an excellent source of protein, fiber and other key nutrients.

Find out more on pulses and nutrition

Pulse vs. Legume – What's the Difference?

Pulses are part of the legume family (any plants that grow in pods), but the term “pulse” refers only to the dry edible seed within the pod. Beans, lentils, chickpeas and split peas are the most common types of pulses. Pulses are special because they have distinct health benefits apart from other legumes. Unlike legumes like peanuts and soy, for example, pulses are low in fat and very high in protein and fiber.

How can I get my child to eat pulses???

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  • Start with the familiar

  • Eliminate mushiness

  • Take the hands-on approach

  • Play with your food

  • Mix into your favorite soups and sauces

  • Save room for dessert

Buncombe County School Nutrition, our kids eat pulses!

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