Texas WIC Formula Changes Take Effect Oct. 1

On Oct. 1, Texas WIC’s new formula contract went into effect.

Texas WIC’s contract for milk-based formulas has switched from Abbott Laboratories, the makers of Similac, to Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil products. The new contract is only for milk-based formulas. All other formula products remain unchanged. 

“All WIC participants receiving standard milk-based infant formulas will be transitioned to Enfamil products for benefits beginning October 2022,” according to a statement from Texas WIC.

There is a Mead Johnson product equivalent for every Abbott Laboratories product.  

If you haven’t already discussed this change with your local WIC office, contact them at your earliest convenience. 

“The WIC program is required to have a contract with one specific formula company to help keep costs down. We renew the contract every 5 years. The award for the contract from October 2022 – September 2027 for milk based formula is Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil. The soy-based formula will continue to be with Abbott, the makers of Similac,” according to a statement from Texas WIC.

Quick, Easy Family Meal Features Whole Grains

Whole grains are a great source of nutrition. Texas WIC features several approved-foods that offer whole grains. This recipe for Pasta with Peas from the “staff favorites” from the Whole Grain Council is a super easy, quick meal that can be made in 15 minutes for the entire family. Find more recipes like this one on their website.

Pasta with Peas

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 cup frozen peas

12 ounces whole wheat pasta

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and break linguini in half and cook according to package directions. 

While the pasta is cooking, combine the eggs and cheese in a small bowl, beat, and set aside. Put peas in a strainer, rinse under hot water, and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté for several minutes, until it softens. Add the peas to the skillet and cook for about one minute longer.

Drain the pasta and add to the skillet. Toss gently to mix. Create a well in the center, add the eggs and cheese, and cook until they are starting to firm up. Toss with the pasta and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Recipe Spotlight Using WIC Foods

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be spotlighting several recipes you can make in your kitchen. This one, “A Simple Mexican Salad” is from the USDA website and came from the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service. It’s a refreshing salad with a little bite. It’s cool and refreshing flavors are very comforting. 

 

A Simple Mexican Salad

Chili powder and lime juice are the secret ingredients in this cucumber and orange salad.

2 cucumbers

2 oranges

1 lemon or lime (the juice)

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Wash the cucumbers, oranges and lemon or lime under cold running water. Slice the cucumbers. Peel and cut the oranges into small pieces. Place cucumber slices and orange pieces in a medium size bowl. Add chili powder, lemon or lime juice and salt.

Get all your WIC foods in one easy stop at any JC Food Mart. There are 10 locations in San Antonio.

 

Let’s celebrate whole grains! 

September is Whole Grains Month! 

Whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Texas WIC food packages also include whole grains, including brown rice, whole wheat bread and tortillas, corn tortillas, oatmeal and whole-wheat pasta. 

Health experts recommend including whole grains in our diets because they can help “reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity,” according to the Oldways Whole Grains Council.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that at least half of all the grains you eat are whole grains. If you’re like most people, you’re not getting enough whole grains — so see how to make whole grains a part of your healthy diet.

Grains can be either whole or refined. Whole grains have the entire grain kernel, and include whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and brown rice to name a few. Refined grains remove fiber, iron and some vitamins. Examples include white flour, bread and rice. 

In honor of whole grains month, here is a recipe to try:

 

Whole-Grain Tuna Rice Cakes

1 can tuna, undrained

2 cups cooked rice

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1 Tbsp finely chopped onion

1 slice of whole wheat bread, shredded or crumbled

Dash or two of ground black pepper

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the tuna with its liquid, rice, celery, onion, bread and pepper. Stir in the eggs and mix well. Form mixture into 4 patties using about ¼ cup mix for each. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add patties and brown on each side. Enjoy!

Get all your WIC foods at JC Food Mart in one easy stop. JC Food Mart is a chain of grocery stores that caters to WIC clients. There are 10 locations in San Antonio. Visit today!

 

September Packed With Family-Fun Activities

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          1Community Baby Shower and Family Resource FairCommunity Baby Shower and Family Resource FairTime: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join Texas Vista Medical Center for giveaways, drawings, refreshments, prizes, games, education and lots more. Free and Open to the Public.
In partnership with community partners such as Steward Medical Group, Latched, Live from the Southside, WIC, Healthy Start, The SA Food Bank, CPS, SAWS and many others who will be on hand to provide information.
Texas Vista Medical Center
7400 Barlite Blvd, San Antonio, TX
2
3Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
4Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
5 6Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
7 8 9
10Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
11Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
12 13Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
14 15 16
17Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
18Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
19 20Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
Free Family Nights at The DoSeumFree Family Nights at The DoSeumTime: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The DoSeum is San Antonio’s only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering. Free Family Nights are a monthly event, registration required.
The DoSeum
2800 Broadway, San Antonio, TX
21 22 23
24Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
25Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
26 27Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
28 29 30
31Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
           
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Labor Less This Holiday Weekend

Make Ahead Recipes Perfect For Enjoying Time With Your Family

All moms need a break. 

Labor Day is the perfect time to take a break from all the extra things you normally do – like extra cooking – and enjoy a special moment with your family. 

Feeding your family can sometimes seem like an all-day event. Mom’s know that kids always seem hungry, and if you aren’t making  breakfast, it’s a snack (or two) and then dinner. Mom’s also need a break. That’s why we have come up with a super easy holiday weekend menu that lets moms take a break and enjoy the holiday.

Pick a few of these recipes below to make ahead of time, giving you extra time to spend with your family. They are super easy recipes the entire family will enjoy. 

 

ONE PAN CHILI MAC

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. cumin 

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

Salt to taste

2 cups water

1 8 oz. can of  tomato sauce

8 oz. whole wheat elbow macaroni

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese or other cheese of your choice

Heat oil in a pan. Add water, tomato sauce, pasta and seasonings, cook on medium-high to bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 10  minutes, stirring until pasta is tender. Sprinkle cheese on top and put the lid on the pan until the cheese is melted. 

CEREAL BAR SNACK

4 cups of WIC-approved cereal of your choice

¾ cup peanut butter

½ cup honey

2 tablespoons butter

Line a square pan with foil or parchment paper. Spray foil with cooking spray. In a large saucepan, heat peanut butter, honey and butter until mixture is boiling and slightly thickened. Place cereal in a bowl. Stir heated peanut butter sauce over cereal. stir until evenly coated. Using the buttered back of the spoon, press the mixture very firmly in a square pan. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm enough to cut. Make and place in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

This recipe makes 4 snack boxes you can store in the refrigerator for up to a week. They are great for snacks or lunch.

SNACK IN A BOX

Boil 4 eggs

Cheese slices

1 peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

Cut fruit

Boil four eggs in hot water for about 7 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Peel eggs and slice in half. Slice cheese into bite sized pieces. Make a peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread and cut into 4 pieces. Sliced fruit. Assemble snack boxes and put in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!

Easy, Fast Breakfast Or Snack With WIC Foods

Seems like we are always in a rush. Looking for a quick and easy breakfast or snack? This one is perfect for you or your littles. It is made using only WIC foods: cereal, peaches and yogurt. Add a little dash of cinnamon for extra taste.

PEACH PARFAIT

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or any WIC cereal of your choice)

1 snack size peach cup

1 cup of peach yogurt

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Pour ½ cup of cereal in a cup. Smear ½ cup of yogurt on top of cereal. Add ½ of the peach cup on top. Repeat layers of cereal, yogurt and peach cup. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

GET MORE SNACKS USING WIC FOODS

Get these and all your other WIC foods at JC Food Mart, a grocery store chain that caters to WIC clients. Find a location near a WIC clinic near you here. 

WIC Breakfast Foods

Breakfast Recipes With WIC Foods Good Enough To Eat All Day

Some might say breakfast is the best meal of the day. 

Texas WIC offers many healthy breakfast foods for pregnant women and children to help get the day off to a great start. But it is also a great way to end a day.

Here are some examples of healthy WIC foods that make the best breakfast ingredients, no matter when you eat them.

Eggs , Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Tortillas, Fruit, Vegetables, Cereal, Oatmeal, Milk, Fruit Juice, Cheese, Yogurt are all part of the Texas WIC program.

These foods are healthy and great served individually. Combine to make some of the best breakfast foods: omelets, tacos, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and more. But changing it up is always fun. Here are a few WIC breakfast foods with a twist your family will love

BREAKFAST QUESADILLA

2 Whole Wheat Tortilla

2 large eggs

¼ cup shredded cheese

1 teaspoon butter

Cooking spray

Salsa

Sliced Avocado

Crack eggs in a bowl and whisk. Spray skillet with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Put eggs in a pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Put eggs on a plate. Wipe pan clean. Lightly butter one side of the tortilla. Place butter side down in the pan. Put ½ of the scrambled eggs on top of the tortilla and add half of the cheese and fold the tortilla in half.  Cook on each side until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes. Repeat to make a second tortilla. Serve with salsa and sliced avocado.

 

PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup milk

1/4 cup plain yogurt 

1 teaspoons maple syrup or honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon peanut butter

Sliced bananas

Add oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup and salt and ½ tablespoon of the peanut butter into a container with an air-tight lid. Stir. Place in the fridge overnight. The next morning, remove the lid. Stir oats and add a splash of milk. Top with remaining peanut butter and slice bananas. Overnight oats can remain in the fridge for up to 5 days in a sealed container. 

For all your WIC groceries, visit any JC Food Mart location in San Antonio. JC Food Mart caters to WIC clients by providing an easy shopping experience and format to get all your WIC foods in one easy stop. SNAP also accepted. Find a location near a WIC clinic near you, jcfoodmart.com/locations.

 

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