Breakfast, lunch, and snack are included. Monthly menus are provided at the beginning of each month.
Example of a daily menu:
Breakfast: all-natural homemade cereal
organic almond milk or coconut milk
organic bananas / berries
Lunch: free-range chicken
organic sweet potatoes
organic cauliflower and broccoli
Snack: organic celery
All Little Tykes Home Daycare and Preschool food is local and organic, grass-fed, and free-range.
Local and Organic Produce
We go to the farmer's markets weekly, buying only food that is in season. The importance of this is that we get only the freshest produce available. In addition to being healthier, it's also better for the planet, since very little fuel is used in the local transport.
Organic Healthy Meats
We also belong to a CSA (community supported agriculture), where we get the meat used in our meals. This is important because we know that the meat used is raised from animals that were fed good food, and no synthetic hormones.
Backyard Vegetable Garden
In addition, we have a backyard vegetable garden. This garden supplies some food for snacks and meals, and it also provides fun and education for the kids, who get to water the plants and pick the fruits.
The kids are active in food preparation, which is a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. We find that when children are included in the process, they are eager to eat the meal, even if it includes many vegetables that they normally don't eat. Their kitchen tasks are age-appropriate. For example, one child might add a the first ingredient. The next child will add the second ingredient, and so on. Once all the ingredients are added, the kids can take turns stirring the ingredients into a final recipe. The kids can then go outside to play while a teacher finishes the meal in the oven or stove.
One great thing about fruits and vegetables is that they can be turned into compost. This compost produces dirt that can be used for future crops. This "circle of life" is a great teaching tool for the children, as they can see nature in action.
All this translates to healthier meals for the kids.
Q: What does organic mean?
A: Food that is labeled as organic has been grown according to the National Organic Standards. Synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides cannot be used on crops. Antibiotics and growth hormones cannot be used on livestock, animals must eat organic feed, and animals cannot be fed animal by-products.
Q: What does grass-fed mean?
A: This is a production system for grazing (grass-eating) animals such as cows, bison, goats or sheep in which the animals spend nearly all their time outside eating grass or other plants in a pasture. They are fed little or no grain.
Q: What does free-range mean?
A: Often used to describe poultry and sometimes pork, “free-range” means that the animals have room to run around outside.
Q: Why is serving this type of food important?
A: Kids deserve to eat the healthiest food. Studies have shown that pesticides and hormones can have a negative effect on children’s development.
"I love the level of cleanliness and the quality of the food provided."