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Sooke Parents' Education Advisary Council, SPEAC is hosting an event at Belmont Secondary School on October 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. This is a great night to learn more about the new food guidelines and opportunities to promote healthy eating in schools. There will be presentations by VIHA and samples by local food providers. Healthy Edge is happy to be part of this great event. Please visit our table to learn more about our hot lunch services and sample some of our delicious and nutritious menu choices.

Thursday October 15th, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Belmont Secondary School
3041 Langford Lake Road

The first annual Healthy Schools Week is from October 5th -9th and there are a number of healthy living grants available:

  • HSN Grants
  • Northern Connections Grants
  • School District Grants
  • Student Grants
     

Please check Healthy Schools Network's website for more inforamtion and on how to apply. HSN has a list of all other available external grants list as well.

 

Our new menu for the 2015/2016 school year is now available. Offering healthy meals using the best ingredients is our company policy and we are excited about our new menu item - hot dogs. They are made locally right here in Sidney, BC, by Four Quarters Meats, a locally owned and operated business specializing in handcrafted charcuterie using traditional techniques. Yves dogs are also offered as a vegetarian option. Many fun treats are also on the new menu, like pink popcorn balls for February, and s'mores on sticks for June. Please check out our new menu and contact us if you need more information. During our sixth year in business we look forward to working with SD61, SD62, and SD63 schools' PAC members and make hot lunch days easy and fun for all.

While parents and students are getting ready to go back to school next week, we just finalized our new menu for the 2014/2015 school year. This year marks our 5th year in business. It has been such a great journey to work with many wonderful PAC members, parent volunteers and of course, our end users, students. Each year we look forward to providing our nutritious and delicious meals to Greater Victoria schools. We are excited about our new menu options like pulled pork sandwiches, chicken Caeser salad, and blueberry oat bars which we believe will be a big hit among students. To accomodate kids with allergies/sensitivities, we offer gluten/dairy/egg free options. We do our best to make hot lunch days less stresfull for kids, staff, volunteers, and parents. We make sure that your hot lunch days are fun for everyone.

We are excited to annouce that our party planning, styling and catering services have started. We offer amazing custom themed parties from decor to themed catering that will impress your child and friends. You can find more information about Top Notch Party services at www.topnotchparties.ca.

Valentine's sweets table and decor
Valentine's party dessert table in Victoria BC
Owl themed Valentine's party treat bags
Pink Lattes and pink lemonade served at a Valentine's Party
Ice cream themed buffet for a birthday party
Ice cream cake pops
Birthday boy and friends having a blast filling their icecream cups
Winter themed birthday party
Snowman cupcakes
Mini cupcakes for a winter themed party
Superbowl buffet
Superbowl themed desserts at the buffet
Mini cakes in burgandy and pink color
Chocolate covered Oreo pops

At the end of summer vacation, many parents start worrying about packing lunches that will come home untouched, or half eaten. In September newspapers and blogs publish articles about what to pack for school lunches. This year The Province in Vancouver contacted us to have an interview on how to get kids to try new healthy foods and how to create healthy lunches. We were happy to share our ideas and recipes with the readers. You can read the article here.

Some more tips on packing lunches:

1. Food safety - for hot meals invest in a good thermos that will keep food at food safe temperature for more than 2 hours. For cold meals pack an ice pack in the lunch bag.

2. Backpacks that contain the lunch bags are thrown, tossed, kicked, and used as shields or chairs. Pack meals that will keep their shape, texture, and taste. Stay away from fancy creations like caterpillar cucumbers, or sandwiches with vegetable faces. Those can be enjoyed at home instead.

3. Even if you teach your kids to eat their meal first and then dessert, when kids are alone most will eat their dessert first and then eat their meal if they stil have an apetite. Therefore if you are worried that this will be the case with your child, only pack treats occasionally.

4. School is not a place to introduce new eating habits. Eating healthy and a variety of foods should be taught at home. You want your kids to eat at lunch time. Pack food that you know they will eat.

5. Help reduce garbage at schools and use reusable containers.

We are pleased to annouce that our new menu is now available. Beside our best-sellers like macaroni & cheese, burgers, chicken teriyaki, and fried rice, there are some new exciting additions like spagetthi & meatballs, quinoa salad, and wraps. During the last two years we served schools in SD61, SD62, and SD63. We are looking forward to continue providing our healthy and fun meals in the 2012-2013 school year. Please contact us to book your hot lunch days with Healthy Edge.

Healthy Edge 2012-2013 school year lunch menu