Monthly Archives: October 2015

Food for Thought

As parents you face the challenge of providing nutritious food that will keep your children healthy, interested and happy. Food that they can eat with little to no assistance for example, things like finger foods – it helps build their confidence; food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or heated; and finally food that fits nicely into a handy little carry bag that the Little Humans can carry all by themselves!
The good news is: you are not alone. As adults we all know why we need to eat, and we all know that we need a balanced diet. We also know that most children avoid edible green things, and often getting them to eat the healthy greens part of their meal can be a challenge.
In EC we are learning to be Balanced; we not only try new things, we also learn to develop and strengthen our bodies, our minds and our inner selves. Encouraging children to eat healthy food gives them the building blocks for healthy bodies and minds, it also sets up the foundations for a healthy relationship with food; a relationship that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
“This is all well and good,” you say, “but sometimes it’s a mammoth task”. We all need easy to prepare options, which don’t take up a lot of time to prepare. Don’t worry, we took photos of different snacks and lunch options from our classmates, and we are going to share them with you. (Sometimes, we all need a little inspiration.) Think “Rainbow Food” – a (naturally) colorful assortment of foods is always better.
A quick disclaimer, some photos are from, because sometimes I need inspiration too!

Food For Thought on PhotoPeach

Here are some recommended guidelines for your child’s daily nutrition:
Fruits and vegetables – Two servings each per day. These may be given as snacks, such as apple or carrot slices.
Whole grains – Four daily servings. Can include buckwheat pancakes or multigrain toast for breakfast, a sandwich on wheat bread for lunch and brown rice or another whole grain as part of the evening meal.
Milk and dairy – Three servings, or one pint of whole milk per day. Cheeses, yogurt, and milk puddings are useful alternatives.
Protein –  Two servings a day. Encourage your child to try a variety of proteins, such as turkey, eggs, fish, chicken, lamb, baked beans, and lentils.
Vitamins and minerals – Check with your child’s doctor to be certain their diet is adequately meeting the recommended nutritional needs for this age group.
Challenge accepted?