Children of all ages should consume a balanced diet that together with daily physical activity promotes healthy growth and development. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean protein sources are recommended to comprise the majority of the food groups consumed. Children over the age of three years can begin to transition to a low-fat diet provided overall energy needs are met and growth remains within normal limits. Intake of added sugars and sweetened beverages should be moderated to lessen risk of dental cavities and excessive energy intake that can lead to obesity. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that fruit juice intake be limited to 6 oz/ day. The United States Department of Agriculture offers up-to-date advice on nutrition for preschoolers at http://www.mypyramid.gov/preschoolers/index.html.
Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch
Breakfast is served daily from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. It consists of milk, hot or cold sugar-free cereal, and fresh fruit. It is served to both the preschoolers and toddlers at the same time as the classrooms remain combined until 8:30. Please let a teacher know specifically if your child has not yet eaten breakfast so we can ensure they eat the breakfast we provide. We ask that you do not bring any outside food as a breakfast for your child and eat the provided breakfast at the center.
Two nutritious snacks (morning and afternoon) are served daily. Each snack consists of milk, organic fruit or vegetables, a grain, and a protein. Examples of snacks include English muffin pizzas, bagels with melted cheddar, fresh vegetables with yogurt dips, celery and soynut butter, raisins/craisins, yogurt, crackers and cheddar cheese, pasta with tomato sauce, etc. Summer and winter snack schedules are clearly displayed in each classroom.
Snack is provided to toddlers as a classroom wide choice, while preschoolers can choose to have snack during their morning and afternoon activity time. This is done to promote independence and self-helps skills (identifying hunger) with older children, however teachers ensure that every child who did not yet visit to the snack table on their own is asked if they would like snack before it is over.
Lunch is brought from home and needs to follow our nutrition guidelines outlined in our Lunch Box Tips. Any day we may have lunch outside or away from the center due to a field trip or a special occasion, we ask that you bring a completely disposable lunch. Brown paper bags or plastic bags are preferred as they are easiest to transport and dispose of.
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