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Menu for the Week : May 21st-May 25th, 2018

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Morning Snack

Morning Snack

Morning Snack

Morning Snack

Morning Snack

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Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Apple cinnamon oatmeal, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Buttered and toasted brioche with fresh fruit, and organic milk

Toasted whole grain pancakes, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Buttered and toasted whole wheat cinnamon raisin toast, fresh fruit, and organic milk

General Mills Rice Chex cereal, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Baked whole wheat ziti with ground beef (housemade tomato sauce with a three cheese blend), steamed green peas, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Veg- replace beef with pinto beans

DF- omit cheese from tomato sauce
Rosemary ranch chicken (natural chicken marinated in fresh rosemary and housemade ranch dressing), steamed organic quinoa with a sprinkle of feta cheese, roasted zucchini, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Veg- rosemary ranch tofu

EF- omit marinade from chicken

DF- omit feta from quinoa
Orange turkey meatballs with citrus glaze (made with natural ground turkey, minced vegetables, and steamed organic quinoa), served with steamed brown rice, roasted green beans, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Veg- bean balls with citrus glaze
Twice baked mashed potato casserole (cauliflower, organic potatoes, sour cream, green onions, and shredded cheddar), baked natural chicken, crusty French bread, fresh fruit, and organic milk

Veg- baked tofu

DF- omit cheese and sour cream from potato casserole
Build a bean and cheese burrito! Seasoned pinto beans, shredded cheddar, whole wheat tortillas and chunky tomato salsa, served with steamed whole kernel corn, diced avocado, fresh fruit, and organic milk

DF- omit cheese

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Fresh fruit with mozzarella string cheese Freshly baked croissants with fresh fruit Vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit Baby carrot sticks, saltine crackers, and buttermilk ranch dressing for dipping Animal crackers with fresh fruit
  • GF- Gluten Free; DF- Dairy Free; EF- Egg Free; SF- Soy Free; Veg- Vegetarian Option
  • Organic whole milk is served to infants and toddlers. Organic non-fat milk is served to pre-schoolers and kindergartners.
  • Breakfast is served at 8:30am. Morning snack is available to early children when requested.
  • Our sandwich bread is whole wheat and dairy free while the majority of our pasta is also whole wheat.
  • Our canned fruit is packed in its own juice not syrup.
  • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Meals and Snacks

Our menu is a major component of the curriculum here at Fruit & Flower.  We strive to introduce different cultures, eating styles, cuisines, ingredients, and flavors in a way that is fun and memorable.  We believe good wholesome food, made right in our kitchen with abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, is essential to each child’s development.  Whenever possible, we buy locally and maintain a group of suppliers and farms that work closely with us to ensure our meals provide optimal nutritional density and a low carbon footprint.  We serve local organic milk (whole and nonfat) and do not serve or use nut products in any of our meals.  We use all natural meat (no steroids or hormones) and provide abundant amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with an emphasis on providing organic produce as much as possible.  More than 90 percent of our meals and snacks are prepared from scratch in-house.

Fruit & Flower has eliminated all artificial coloring, chemical flavor enhancers and uses minimal amounts of natural sweeteners and kosher salt.

With so many varying appetites, likes and dislikes, it is sometimes challenging to choose menus. We do not expect children to like or desire every item offered to them. However, we do encourage children to taste what is offered since studies show most young children need frequent exposure before becoming accustomed to new foods, especially vegetables. Preschool and kindergarten children are served meals family style allowing them the opportunity to develop self-help skills.

We participate in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is similar to the National Lunch Program.  We follow the guidelines for healthy meals and snacks as mandated by the CACFP to families.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Special Diet Requirements

Your child may have special dietary requirements due to allergies, food sensitivities or religious beliefs.  Per USDA rules and regulations, allergy related meal substitutions require a doctor’s note.  Once we have received the doctor’s note and your food exemption form, we will schedule an intake conference with our kitchen manager to ensure that dietary restrictions are appropriately communicated.  Our staff is trained to use Epi pens in case of emergency and children with food allergies are closely monitored.  If your child cannot fully participate in our food program, please fill out the appropriate forms at the front desk so that accommodations can be made.

Most of the time we are able to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.  If a meal contains meat, a vegetarian option is always provided if requested in advance with the proper form.  If parents wish to provide food from home, lunches and snacks must be prepared in advance by parents so that they are “ready to serve” in the classroom (i.e. no heating or prep work required).  We ask that parents remain sensitive to the food guidelines adopted by Fruit & Flower, and that no desserts or juices are provided in packed lunches.  Parents who wish to provide their child with alternative milk sources (rice milk, almond milk, etc) must file the appropriate form at the front desk.  Alternative milk sources may be stored in the classroom refrigerators.  Unused milk must be discarded every Friday.

Special Events, Birthdays and Celebrations

Families enjoy celebrating birthdays here at Fruit & Flower and we want to ensure all children have a great time.  We want each child to feel appreciated on his or her special day, so we work with each child and family to create a celebration that is age-appropriate and inclusive.  We are happy to help you celebrate your child’s birthday in the classroom with special games, songs and craft projects.  If you wish to schedule a birthday celebration, please speak with your Lead Teacher.  No outside food is allowed, but parents may bring a favorite book, stickers, party hats, noisemakers or removable tattoos.