Food and Nutrition at Lakeside Children’s Academy
Meals and Snacks
Breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are provided each day for your child. All food is prepared at Lakeside.
Breakfast 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Morning snack 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon snack 3:00 p.m.
Mealtime is a positive time for children as well as a time to receive proper nutrition from the basic food groups. Copies of our menus are provided at the center for breakfast and lunch. Food is never used as a reward, or denied as a punishment.
We encourage children to taste each item on the menu. The teachers give small servings to each child. For older children, meals are served family style, with each child helping in the process. Our teachers always eat with the children to encourage discussion and manners.
We ask that you do not bring food for your child unless: 1) it is for your infant not accustomed to table food; 2) it is for a special activity (like a party or field trip); or, 3) your child is on a special diet (in which you’ll need to discuss with the director and provide a physician’s statement). If you must bring in special food for your child, we require a doctor’s note to be kept on file (for children one-year and older).
Lakeside is a NUT SENSITIVE ACADEMY. Allergies are a concern for some of our children. If you bring a special treat for a birthday, please ensure there are not nut products! See the office with suggestions of what to bring or questions.
Here are examples of why Lakeside is proud of the meals and snacks we serve:
*Whole or 2% milk is served at every meal. We know the children need this for their development.
*Fresh fruit and vegetables are served throughout the week: apples, bananas, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, oranges, melon, carrots, celery, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers. If we use canned fruits, we wash off the syrup before serving.
*Whole grain or wheat crackers, bread, tortillas, and noodles.
*Non-sugared cereals are served for breakfast.
*WOWBUTTER is served with fruit, pretzels or used for sandwiches! WOWBUTTER is actually more nutritious than peanut butter as it is a COMPLETE protein food, containing all 9 essential amino acids, just as do eggs, dairy and meat. WOWBUTTER is a good source of OMEGA 3 essential fatty acids.
*No fried food is served.
*Examples of healthy foods served: String cheese, cottage cheese with fruit, hummus with wheat thins, yogurt, oatmeal, turkey hot dogs and fresh salads (chicken, pasta, chef and tuna).