Children are offered food from each food group at each meal and encouraged to try new things, however, if they do not want to eat what is provided to them, they are not forced to do so.
I am serving vegetarian meals due to a higher request by parents in the past few years. It is a healthier way to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables along with learning more about what they are eating and why it is important to eat them on a daily basis. I understand that many are not vegetarian (I am not myselt) and will assume if you are not strickly vegetarian that you will serve your favorite meat dishes to your child at home in the evenings and on weekends. Vegan meals do not count with the USDA program.
A special dietary request inconsistent with USDA guidelines will require documentation from a physician or your child's lunch, snacks and drink must be provided.
Any parent needing glutin free foods or a request for non-dairy products not to be served will need to provide their own snacks, lunch and drinks for your child when attending full days. If your child attends mornings half days and requires the special diets as mentioned then you are asked to pick your child up at 12:00 rather than 12:30 so he/she can go home for lunch.
We are able to accomodate soy milk with a doctors permission slip that must be provided to the USDA program.
Morning and afternoon snacks: Meat alternate; bread or bread alternate; fruit or vegatable; 100% fruit juice or milk. Must serve at least two of four food groups.
Lunch: Milk, meat alternate, bread or bread alternate, two servings of fruit and/or vegetable.
All items on our menu is pre-aproved by the USDA food monitor.
1% milk is served as per USDA food program (new changes beginning October).
VEGETARIAN MEALS SERVED
Rotation Menu 1- Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May
Monday: Morning snack -Shredded wheat bites/milk
Afternoon snack -Cinnamon or Apple rice cakes/milk.
Lunch -Brown, white, or spanish rice with peas and carrots /pinto beans/banana slices/milk.
Tuesday: Morning snack - Homemade granola mix -raisins, dried banana slices, Cracklin oat bran
cereal/100% orange juice.
Afternoon snack -Colby Jack cheese squares/unsalted saltine crackers/water
Lunch - Whole wheat flour tortilla/shredded cheddar cheese/carrot and celery sticks/
sunflower seed butter for dip/milk.
Wednesday: Morning snack - Cherrios/apple slices/water
Afternoon snack - Cinnamon applesauce/graham crackers-honey or cinnamon/water
Lunch -Cream cheese with grape jelly on bread/red kidney beans/organic peas/raw
brocolli and ranch dip/milk.
Thursday: Morning snack - Orange wedges/cinnamon rasin bagel/water
Afternoon snack - Wheat chex cereal/milk
Lunch - Garlic hummus/cheese slices/sugar snap peas/whole wheat bread sticks/organic green beans/
Friday: Morning snack -Multigrain zesty vegetable cracker/100% apple juice
Afternoon snack -Vegetable thin crackers/milk
Lunch -Veggie patty/ketchup/black beans/whole wheat mini thin bread/mandrian
oranges/organic whole corn/milk.
Rotation Menu 2 - Oct., Dec., Feb., April
Monday: Morning snack - Corn chex cereal/milk
Afternoon snack -bread and butter/100% peach or pear juice
Lunch -1 % Milk/Homemade vegetarian chili-kidney beans, diced tomatoes,tomoto sauce,
celery, carrots, onions, chili seasonings/shredded cheese for topping/oyster crackers/
Tuesday: Morning snack -cherrios and blueberries/milk
Afternoon snack -Flatbread crackers/milk
Lunch - Milk/homemade burritos made with vegetarian refried bean/shredded cheese/mixed
Wednesday: Morning snack -mini pancakes or mini cinnimon waffles/milk
Afternoon snack -pretzels/milk
Lunch - Milk/soybean butter (alternative to peanut butter) and strawberry jelly on bread/
petite raw carrots with ranch dip/organic green beans
Thursday: Morning snack - graham crackers (alternating cinnimon and honey original)/milk
Afternoon snack - Low fat and low sugar yogurt/cherrios added on tip/
100% white grape juice
Lunch/Milk/pasta (different kinds each week) with marinara sauce/garbanzo beans/
mild Tillamook cheese slices/fruit cocktail mix
Friday: Morning snack - cracklin oat bran cereal raisin mix/milk
Afternoon snack -nilla wafers or low fat fig newtons with real fruit/100% cranberry-raspberry
or cranberry-grape juice
Lunch - Milk/grilled cheese on bread/organic peas/pear slices
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS IS A PEANUT-FREE FACILITY.