Nutrition Services

Operations Manual     Nutrition Links


Nutrition Specialists chart each child’s height and weight in September and April of each year and ensure that menus are age-appropriate.


In addition, Head Start parents are offered monthly trainings on healthy eating habits. Good nutrition is important for proper development. My Pyramid can help you determine what your nutritional needs are.


Are you at your healthy body weight?  Find out here.  What does your current body weight say about your overall health?  Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) here.


To encourage more physical activity and address the importance of eating properly in the classroom and child’s home, centers are participating in I Am Moving, I Am Learning, an Administration for Children and Families initiative to combat childhood obesity by increasing more physical activity and parent involvement.

If you would like to learn more about our Nutrition content area, please email Dietrich Nickleberry, Food and Nutrition Services Manager or call 972-283-6460.




To promote child wellness by providing nutrition services that compliments and educates the child, family and community.




Head Start of Greater Dallas Child Nutrition services will assist families in establishing good eating habits by offering nutrition education that nurtures healthy development and promotes lifelong health and wellness. 


How we accomplish this


We strive to meet these goals by identifying nutritional needs, promoting food safety, providing nutritional wellness, assisting families with monthly nutrition education and community resources, and offering family style meal service.


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Healthy Kids Information

Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries, Banana and Chocolate

Description: Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries, Banana and Chocolate

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cook Time:  35 minutes

Total Time:  50 minutes

Yield:  Serves 6


  •              2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

  •              1/3 cup light brown sugar

  •              1 teaspoon baking powder

  •              1 tablespoon grated orange zest

  •              1 teaspoon cinnamon

  •              1/2 teaspoon salt

  •              1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped

  •     1 cup sliced strawberries

  •   1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  •   2 cups milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices


      Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

      In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of strawberries, walnuts and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal).

      In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.

      Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shimmy/shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds. Serve warm with an extra sprinkle of sugar or drizzle of maple syrup.


Eating in Season: Winter

During the winter months, citrus fruits are in season.  Buying fruits in season lowers the cost for your wallet and provides better taste and nutrition for your body.  Below are some ideas for in season citrus fruits that are a great source of vitamin C.  Eat up!

Oranges, blood oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos and lemons. 



     Worst Breakfast Cereals for Children

(CBS News)  A new study shows many breakfast cereals pack so much sugar, they're more like desserts.

For the report, the Environmental Working Group checked the content of 84 popular offerings, and says, "Kellogg's Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of the 10 worst children's cereals."

One cup of Kellogg's Honey Smacks has more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie, and a cup of 44 other children's cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! Cookies, according to the EWG.

The EWG's "10 Worst Children's Cereals," based on percent sugar by weight:

1) Kellogg's Honey Smacks -- 55.6 percent

2) Post Golden Crisp -- 51.9 percent

3) Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow -- 48.3 percent

4) Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch's OOPS! All Berries -- 46.9 percent

5) Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch Original -- 44.4 percent

6) Quaker Oats Oh!s -- 44.4 percent

7) Kellogg's Smorz -- 43.3 percent

8) Kellogg's Apple Jacks -- 42.9 percent

9) Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries -- 42.3 percent

10) Kellogg's Froot Loops Original -- 41.4 percent