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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® 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® 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!

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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!

No workshops currently scheduled.

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®.