November Recipe of the Month

microwaveapplesFestive Microwave Baked Apples


 1 medium apple (skinned and cored not cut into pieces

 1 tbsp. brown sugar

 1/2 tbsp. nut meg

 1.2 tbsp. raisins

 1 tbsp. butter alternative spread (butter without fat)


1.) Place apple on plate facing up.

2.) Stir in separate bowl, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinna-mon.

3.) Put raisins on and around apple

4.) Put butter on apple and cover with plastic wrap

5.) Microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on high

6.) Let apple cool for 30 seconds and serve

Benefits of Recipe:

Festive Microwave Baked Apples


Apples have antioxidants which help:

Against cardiovascular disease

Dietary Fiber which helps with:

Food digestion

Maintain healthy levels of LDL cholesterol (good)

Vitamin C which helps:

Fight diseases in the body

Nutrient dense food to help:

. Keep you full

. Healthy snack before a meal to avoid overeating

Manzanas horneadas festivas en microondas


 1 manzana mediana (sin piel o pelada, sin cortar)

 1 cucharada de azúcar morena

 1/2 cucharada de nuez moscada

 1/2 cucharada de canela

 1 cucharada de mantequilla o alternativa ( mantequilla sin gra-sa)


1.) Pone la manzana en un plato con la parte abierto arriba

2.) Combine en una taza separada de azúcar morena, nuez moscada y canela, y pone en la manzana

3.) Pon las pasas en la manzana

4.) Pon la mantequilla en la manzana y cubre con plástico

5.) Ponla en el microonda por 2 1/2—3 minutos en alta potencia

6.) Deja la manzana enfriar por 30 segundos y sírvala

Rinde 1 porción: 1 manzana

Beneficios de la Receta:

Manzanas horneadas festivas en microondas


Las manzanas tienen antioxidantes que ayudan a

Combatir las enfermedad cardiovasculares

Fibra dietética que ayuda con:

La digestion de la comida

Mantener los niveles saludables de colesterol (Buena)

Vitamina C que ayuda a:

Combatir enfermedades en el cuerpo

Comida denso en nutrientes que ayuda a:

Mantenernos llenos

Un bocadillo saludable antes de comer para no comer en exceso


Portion Control

 portion-size_1Obesity Prevention III- Portion Control

In our last chapter we had learned about metabolism, now we’ll talk about something very important- Portion Control.

There are 3 points that we’ll discuss:

  1. Controlling Portion Size
  2. Portion Size is not the same as serving size.
  3. The nutrition facts label and My Plate guidelines are tools to help you choose healthy meals.

Let’s get started. .

My Plate Activity

Here’s a fun little activity, one that will be sure to help you out when dealing with portion sizes.

  • First- Pass out a paper plate to each participant (not a paper platter)
  • Second- Draw what they ate for dinner last night so that it fits on the plate. If it does and you still have plenty of room then you might need to eat a little more. If it doesn’t and you don’t have any room at all then you might need to cut back a little.

Portion Size Vs. Serving Size

  • A Portion size is the amount of food that you decide to eat. You choose if it’s big or small.
  • A Serving size is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or one cup (8oz) of milk.

Keep in mind:

  • Many foods that come in as a single portion actually contain multiple servings.
  • We tend to put more on our plate than we should.
  • Larger Portions lead to an increase of calories, you might be putting more calories in your body than you need

That leads us back to our metabolism lesson- Extra calories that are not utilized are stored as body fat.

Nutrition Labels

  1. The Nutrition Fact Labels on packaged food, or cans/ packages, can tell us the number of serving in the container (the serving size).
  • Nutrition Labels also inform us about nutrient content such as how many calories, fats, protein, and sodium (salt) are inside the product.
  • We can look at Nutrition labels on packaged food to see if the portion we serve ourselves is recommended on the serving size. (one person eating something that’s a serving size of 5 may not be healthy nor recommended).image

Note– A packaged food usually has more than one serving, always check labels to avoid overeating.

  • Sometimes a portion size is ALSO the recommended serving size.

A good thing to do is also check the ingredient lists. There could be a chance that your favorite drink or snack which you thought was healthy may have harmful ingredients. A popular one is high fructose corn syrup, not something you want to continue eat/drink on. If it is bad, there is always a substitute that may be a little healthier; maybe it doesn’t taste as great, or maybe it tastes better- either way it will be healthier for you.

Using ‘My Plate’ to eat healthy portions:

  • It helps determine both serving size and portion size.
  • Reduces total calories in your meal without reducing the amount of food you eat.
  • Remember to use a normal, or small size plate (not giant plates/platters). The total number of calories that you eat counts, even if a good portion of them come from fruits and vegetables.

Tips and Tricks:

  • In a restaurant, share the entrée with your partner to reduce total calories in your meal without reducing the amount of food/nutrients you eat.
  • Eat a small 100 calorie snack (medium size apple, banana, 1 cup of blueberries, grapes, carrots, or broccoli). This will help you so you don’t overeat at your next meal.
  • Eating a broth-based soup or green salad before a meal can help you exercise portion control and eat fewer calories.


  1. A portion size- amount of food you put on your plate (big or small)
  2. We can choose healthy portions by using My Plate as a guide for eating fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
  3. To find out content in food be sure to look at the Nutrition label. This will tell you how much calories, fats, vitamins, sodium. . etc.

Healthy Food-Diet

Knowing portion sizes is a key weapon in fighting against obesity or reducing its risk, and knowing what is in your food can help you a lot. Just remember- this is a process. You may not see all the changes in one day, but as the days go on you’ll begin to. . So start by eating healthy and watching how much and what you eat!

2015 Holiday Chickens

Roast turkey on the plate2015 Holiday Chickens

Its that time of the year! Be sure to pick up an order form for Holiday Chicken information and ordering!

  • Remember food safety! Order what you will be able to store in the freezer
  • Orders will be available starting November 1st
  • Submit your order ASAP, first come- first serve, while chickens last!

An important note: Whole Frozen= 5.8lbs chickens are sold in full cases only, 12 chickens per case.


cold     For all those looking for thermometers, here are some options. . .

Home Depot: Freezer Thermometer –Price: $5.48

Lowes: Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer- Price: $4.98

Walmart: Taylor Digital Thermometer- Price: $9.30

Amazon: True temp thermometer- Price: $5.99

Ace Hardware: Taylor refrigeration thermometer- Price: $8.49

Target: Taylor 2-pack Refrigerator/freezer- Price: $6.99

1st row (left to right)- Home Debot, Ace Hardware

2nd row (left to right)- Amazon, Target

3rd row (left to right)- Lowes, Walmart

These stores also sell other kinds, be sure to check them out. For these- click on the image to go to website. .

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October Agency Spotlight- MHCAN

Never believe that a few caring people

cant change the world. For, indeed, that’s

all who ever have.”- Margaret Mead

Did you know?

  • 1 in 100 (2.4 million) American adults live
  • With Schizophrenia.
  • 2.6%(6.1 million) of American adults live with bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9%(16million of American adults live with major depression)
  • 18.1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorder.

Nearly 1 in 25 adults (approximately 13.6 million) of Americans live with a serious mental illness. You might think that these people get helped, that their lives are spent in the warm, comforted room of their psychiatrists. That’s not necessarily the case. There are those who struggle with a multiple diagnosis or from severe cases of just one. Sometimes these people don’t get the help they need. Their psychiatrists would only prescribe more medication that may cause a whole different problem (which take even more complicated medication to fix it). Many counselors might give up on these complicated cases, and the clients? Well they may repeat the process with another councilor or fall deeper down the rabbit hole, many turn to the streets.

But that’s not where Sarah Leonard is, she’s of the few who have got out of the routine and is helping others get out/off the streets and into helping hands. Her philosophies would tell you that each person recovers differently, day by day and around the community that understands- that’s what MHCAN is (Mental Health Client Action Network). MHCAN was initially begun by PIRC- a radical group of psychiatric survivors called Psychiatric Inmate Rights Collective. MHCAN became an important figure in the community that it was established as an official organization and was given County Mental Health Funding. With the help of The William James Foundation, MHCAN turned into a nonprofit corporation (as of August 11th, 1995).

Today, MHCAN is a home/community that helps those with multiple diagnosis and gives people the loving community that they may not get anywhere else. MHCAN provides:

  • Dual Diagnosis Interventions
  • Dual Diagnosis Detox Recovery Companions
  • Clean and Sober Dual Diagnosis Support by the Hour
  • Early sobriety dual diagnosis support packages
  • Part time (8-12 hours) Daily support
  • FULL time (24hours) dual diagnosis detox recovery companions for withdrawal from heroin, methamphetamine, etc.

Sarah, Elisa, Helen, and Patrick have upheld the responsibility of helping those who struggle with mental disorders and/or addictions. Together they are part of the recovery team that focus solely to the recovering health of the men and women who arrive. This team provides what others don’t- a family that understands what each one of its members are going through. Why? Because each member has gone through something similar.

Over the years mental health issues have risen, but recovery isn’t always easy, especially when cases get more complex or the environment doesn’t offer the support they need. MHCAN teaches that those who have trouble with multiple diagnosis or heavy mental struggles have a chance to recover; One day at a time, in a safe community, and always with others who understand what they’re going through. It welcomes all, gives healthy food, and a great community.

Sarah and Thomas packing the van at the distribution center


Sarah and Thomas have been awesome shoppers at the Distribution Center every Tuesday and Thursday. They are especially known for their ability to pack so much into their black van. It’s always a warm welcome when they come in and the Second Harvest Food Bank is very grateful to have MHCAN as a partnering Agency.

10 Annual Partner Agency Conference

10 Annual Partner Agency Conference

The Great Agency Conference was on October 19th, 2015, only a few days ago. To all those who couldn’t attend, you were missed. To all those who could, we’d like to thank you for attending and hope you had a great time.

The Partner Agency Conference went through a great deal in providing and presenting for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Agencies. In came Agency leaders and out came the Agents of Change.

diningpicIt went a little like this. .

With a self-serve breakfast snack (make your own parfait), each and all sat down to listen to the opening welcome of Willy Elliott from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Next came Rene Schaefer from twin lakes church. Rene spoke about a young boy who gave out little figures to people, only wanting a smile in return. Each of the tables at this conference had small little dinosaur figures in hopes that these would have the same effect on the diners. After Willie Stokes gave a speech, in came Sarah from MHCAN. Sarah had presented a small group of men and women called “Shadow Speakers”. These speakers talked about their personal struggle through life the importance of agencies/food distribution, in their case- MHCAN.

The workshops were not something to miss. This year we had 3 workshops presented by our SHFB staff:

  1. Agency Debrief: Kevin and Grace- Which had shown SHBF role with agencies.
  2. Food Safety 101: Tiffany and David- Presented the proper safety and sanitation instructions.
  3. Cal fresh 101: Yaceth, Sandy, and Sandra- debunked Cal fresh myths, and taught people how to get benefits.

Don’t forget the lunch! A buffet style make your own salad. It was delicious, the cooking team out did themselves. All the fruit, chicken, rolls and dressing were as fresh as they could be.

Lunch buffet ready for unwrapping

After Bob Norton came up on stage there was the “Food donor of the year award” to be handed out to Oroweat/Bimbo Bakeries USA. Oroweat has been supplying bread to the Second Harvest Food Bank and the less fortunate for years. After the awards, came the Cal Fresh Buddies peer panel. Joel and Sandra discussed with Denise (Salvation Army), Jennifer (Inner Light), and Luz (Davenport Recourse Center) the benefits of Cal Fresh. With them, we got to debunk myths and share light on how easy and helpful it is to apply people. With Agencies and Cal Fresh working together- who knows how many more people’s lives we’d change?

Oroweat/ Bimbo Bakeries USA award/group shot

The Partner Agency Conference was not something to miss. For those who did, you’ll want to come next year. Each Conference will have new things that will remind us why we are serving the community and help us to become even better at doing so. We’d like to thank ALL our agencies for helping the community and providing for the less fortunate. What you do is create memories and relationships with those you serve and create a permanent footstep in the locations you serve. In doing so- broken lives are mended, hungry mouths are fed- and the world slowly begins to change for the better.




October Recipe of the Month

Kale Chips

Ingredients: Kale-Chips1

 1 bunch of kale washed and chopped

 1 tbsp. of olive oil

 1 tsp. seasoned salt


1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cooking sheet with foil.

2.) Wash kale and cut into small pieces to place on sheet

3.) Sprinkle kale with olive oil and seasoned salt

4.) Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until edges are brown.

5.) Serve

Makes 6 servings


Benefits of Recipe:


Has fiber which helps:

. Keep you full

. Helps with digestion

 Helps manage blood sugar

 Has folate a B vitamin which helps:

. Brain development

 High in vitamin A which helps against

. Cataracts

. Macular degeneration

Chips de Col Rizada


 1 manojo de col rizada lavada y cortada

 1 cucharada de aceite de olivo

 1 cucharadita de sal sazonada


1.) Precaliente el horno a 350 degradas y pone papel de

aluminio en la hoja de cocina

2.) Lave el col rizada y corte en pequeñas pedazos para poner en la hoja de cocina

3.) Pone el aceite de olivo y sal sazonada en el col rizada

4.) Hornee por 10-15 minutos en el horno hasta que este dorado

5.) Sirve

Rinde 6 porciones

Beneficios de la Receta:

Chipe de Col Rizada

Col Rizada

 Tiene fibra que ayuda:

.Mantenerle lleno

. Ayuda con la digestión

 Ayuda mantener la glucemia

 Tiene folato una vitamina B que ayuda:

.El desarrollo de cerebro

 Alta en vitamina A que ayuda contra:


.Degeneración macular


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