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PUBLISHED: 5:16 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Suey's waffles and pretzels teach Southeast daycare kids about healthy eating

  Suey Linzmeier visits Lisa Viteri's Little Bear Daycare and cooks healthy waffles with the children.
When Suey Linzmeier walks in the door, daycare children who have been around the block a few times know they're in for a treat. Even the grumpiest toddlers cheer up when they recognize Linzmeier, manager for The Association for the Education of Young Children- Southeast Alaska Child Care Food Program. Because she doesn't only visit -Eshe always comes bringing goodies; goodies of the healthy kind.

SUEY'S WAFFLES

1 cup enriched white flour
1 3/4 cup lowfat milk
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 eggs, separated

Preheat a waffle iron, greasing with oil as necessary. In a bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry. In another bowl, add the milk to the egg yolks and beat well. Add the salt, baking powder, and the flours, stirring after each addition. Add and stir in the oil. Gently fold in the egg whites. Add 1/2 cup of batter to a hot waffle griddle and cook until done.

Linzmeier has spent the last few months introducing Southeast Alaskan child care children to waffles -Ethe kind your grandma made. Among Linzmeier's duties in managing the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program is nutrition education to the over 85 family child care providers and 500 young children served by the program in Juneau, Cordova, Skagway, Haines, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, and Prince of Wales Island.

Many Southeast children (and their care providers) eat waffles that come from a box in the freezer, or a mix from a bag that they add water to. When Suey Linzmeier visits, there'll be none of that: Suey teaches them how to make her version of healthier, less expensive waffles, and explains to the kids what each ingredient does to help their bodies be strong.

She chose this activity because of the lack of whole grains she sees served to kids. In addition, with the low/no carb craze, she wants to remind the family child care providers she works with that some carbohydrates are the "good" kind that bodies need for long-lasting energy, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. The kids have all loved the waffle making (including using a hand-cranked egg beater for whipping the whites), and the waffle eating (with fruit spread on top).

For more information about AEYC-SEA or the Child Care Food Program, please contact AEYC-SEA at 1-888-785-1235 or 789-1235.


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