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Twist and Sprout - Providers Choice

Twist & Sprout®

Twist & Sprout® is supporting child care providers on many levels: from engaging, in-person workshops to recipe and menu ideas. With all our resources, we hope they help you put health at the heart of your child care program.

Support for Twist & Sprout® is generously provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Cargill Foundation and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

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Twist & Sprout® Workshops

Save Time and Money in the Kitchen
Do you want to serve healthier, more delicious meals to the children in your care but are concerned about the time and cost? This workshop is for you! Learn about money-saving shopping and menu tips along with knife skills and techniques needed to be more efficient in the kitchen. Roll up your sleeves! Chef Marshall O’Brien will lead you through a refresher on knife skills while making a nutritious and delicious black bean salsa!

View and register for the new 'In the Kitchen' Workshops

If you would prefer to use a paper registration form, please call or email Gail (952-345-8110 or gbirch@providerschoice.com) to let us know you are coming.

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Twist & Sprout® Menus

Are you ready to take your menus to the next level? We've developed four 4-week cycle menus: one each for summer, spring, winter and fall. Each day has a breakfast, lunch and snack with crediting for the CACFP. The recipes were developed by Chef Marshall O'Brien and each one has been tested and photographed.

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Twist & Sprout® Menu Message Videos

For each DAY of each of our Twist & Sprout® Menus, we've recorded a video! Chef Marshall O'Brien visits a Providers Choice family child care home. He introduces the menu for the day and then prepares one recipe with the children. The children are then shown tasting and endorsing the delicious recipes. Show these to the children in your care as you follow along with the Twist & Sprout® Menus.

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Twist & Sprout® Video Series: Save Time & Money in the Kitchen

Do you want to serve healthier meals, but feel like you could use a culinary skills refresher? Then these videos are for you! This is a 10-video series meant to help you save time and money in the kitchen.

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Twist & Sprout® Certificate

The Twist & Sprout® certificate is designed for child care providers who go beyond training and put their learning into action. If you can demonstrate that you:

  • Properly handle, label and store breast milk
  • Have vegetables on your menus twice each day
  • Serve family-style meals
  • Provide adequate time for active play
  • Have a written wellness policy

Then you can earn a Twist & Sprout® Certificate!

Support for Twist & Sprout® is generously provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Cargill Foundation and the Statewide Health Improvement Program. Click here for an evaluation of Twist & Sprout®.