Food is an important element in our daily life. We need to eat well so we get enough nutrients to grow, stay healthy and to have enough energy to enjoy our day.
We provide the children with a well-balanced diet, so they receive all the nutrients they need on a daily basis.
Throughout the whole day, we provide them with a meal every 3-4 hours, from breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. The meals can be different depending on their own diet (e.g. vegetarian, allergies or religion). During every meal, we provide them with water, milk or milk replacements such as oat milk or soya milk.
It´s the first meal of the day; the starting meal that gives us energy. It contains wholegrain products (e.g. bread, cereals, porridge….), fresh vegetables or fruits, and some dairy or dairy free replacement products.
During lunch, the meal components are mostly served separately, salads are served separated from hot food or sauces.
This meal contains mostly vegetables/legumes, fish/meat or eggs, and pasta, rice or potatoes. On the side we serve bread and fruits.
The variety of snacks should be taken into account in the daily menu planning to ensure that they complement each other.
Healthy snacks can be a mix or different varieties of vegetables, fruits, berries, yoghurts, cheese, baked goods or wholegrain products (e.g. porridges, overnight oats….).
– Present new flavours and foods along with old favourites
– Encourage to taste but don’t force
– Stick to regular mealtimes
– Put just a small portion on the plate at first
– Serve the same food for the whole family
– Eat together as often as possible
– Remember to talk positively
– Remove any distractions
– Involve the child in cooking
– Have a flexible attitude towards food
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