My childcare center is in the process of becoming a Missouri Eat Smart Child Care Center. Once we are recognized as an Eat smart center, we will receive an Eat Smart Child Care” Banner to place in front of our center.
I am looking forward to receiving the banner, because we have made major improvements to our menus including serving more raw fruits and vegetables at breakfast, lunch and snack. Furthermore, I want parents to know that we serve healthy meals to children at Learning Days.
Serving more raw fruits and vegetables assures that children are consuming fresh whole foods. Moreover, eating more fruits and vegetables means that children will get more phytonutrients that helps to fight disease in the body.
I have enjoyed this process so much, that I have been inspired to create (52) pre-planned healthy menus for childcare facilities. So, be on the look out for those menus!
Here is a sample menu that includes raw fruits and vegetables at each meal:
Breakfast: Pancakes, Blueberries, Milk
Lunch: Turkey slices, whole grain bread, 1% milk, orange slices and corn
Snack- Yogurt, strawberries
Check out this handout: Encourage kids to eat more Fruit!
Thanks for serving healthier meals to young children and feel free to share your thoughts about this blog post.