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HEALTHY MEALS/SNACKS

Here are SING Childcare, we use MyPlate guidelines for children ages 2 to 5. MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:

 

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.

  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.

  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.

  • Support healthy eating for everyone.

Please refer to the Choose MyPlate Healthy Eating for Preschoolers Ages 2-5 for guidelines and the daily food value and tips for healthy eating. 

Organic/Non-GMO milk-whole or 2% (depends on age) is offered with every meal. Filtered water is always available. We do our best to offer peanut-free, organic food choices for meals and snacks whenever possible.

Breakfast:

Pick (one from each component: Dairy, Grain, Fruit/Vegetable)

Milk: Organic/Non-GMO whole or 2% (depends on age).

Grain: Wheat or Raisin bread/toast. French toast. Pancake. Waffle. Bread (banana, carrot or zucchini). Oatmeal. Cream of wheat, Muffin (fruit/veggie). English muffin. Bagel, Granola. Organic dry cereal (Cascadian Farms, Annie’s, etc. versions of: Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Kix. Chex, Rice Krispies and others).

Fruit: Apples. Applesauce. Bananas. Grapes. Pears. Orange. Melon. Berries. Peaches. Mixed Fruit. Fruit cup. Fruit Kabob.

Lunch/Supper:

Pick (one from each component: Dairy, Grain, Fruit, Vegetable, Meat or meat substitute)

Milk: Organic/Non-GMO whole or 2% (depends on age).

Grain: Wheat and Raisin bread/toast. Muffin (fruit/veggie), English muffin. Bagel. Roll. Brown rice. Pasta. Pasta with sauce/soup.

(Macaroni & cheese, Ravioli. Noodle soups)

Veggie: Mixed vegetables. Corn. Green beans. Green leafy lettuce. Tomatoes. Tomato sauce. Carrots. Broccoli. Cauliflower. Regular or Sweet potatoes. 

Fruit: Apples. Applesauce. Bananas. Grapes. Pears. Orange. Melon. Berries. Peaches, Mixed fruit. Fruit cup. Fruit Kabob.

Meat/substitute: Tuna, Veggie patty, Chicken. Fish sticks. Hamburger. Chicken Nuggets. Burger. Eggs. Egg salad. Yogurt. Almond butter. Cheese. Beans. Peas. Chili.

Snack:

Pick two from the 5 components: dairy, Grain, fruit, vegetable, meat or meat substitute.

Milk: Organic/Non-GMO whole or 2% (depends on age).

Grain: Wheat and Raisin bread/toast. Bread (banana, carrot or zucchini), Muffin (fruit or veggie), English muffin. Bagel. Crackers, Wheat tortilla, Granola. Soft Pretzels. 

Veggie: Raw veggies (Carrots. Broccoli. Cauliflower, zucchini). Veggie kabob. Veggie Muffins.

Fruit: apples. Applesauce. Bananas. Grapes. Pears. Orange. Melon. Peaches. Berries. Mixed fruit. Fruit cup. Fruit kabob.

Meat/substitute: Tuna/Veggie patty squares. Eggs. Egg salad. Deviled eggs. Boiled eggs. Yogurt. Almond butter. Cheese. Cheese cubes. Cheese dip. Cottage cheese. Grilled cheese squares. Hummus.

Fruit: Apples. Applesauce. Bananas. Grapes. Pears. Orange. Melon. Berries. Peaches, Mixed fruit. Fruit cup. Fruit Kabob.

CHILD MEAL PATTERNS (Ages 1-5 , from USDA and ChooseMyPlate)

*Please note component choices are milk/dairy, fruits/vegetables and grains

**Please read any notations for (Snack sizes)

*** Please read any notations regarding Meat Alternatives and component choices

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

5 A vegetable may be used to meet the entire fruit requirement. When two vegetables are served at lunch or supper, two different kinds of vegetables must be served.

6 Meat and meat alternates may be used to meet the entire grains requirement a maximum of three times a week. One ounce of meat and meat alternates is equal to one ounce equivalent of grains.

7 For lunch and dinner Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Appendix A to Part 226.

8 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

9 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards the grains requirement.

10 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of the creditable grain.

11 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

12 Beginning October 1, 2019, the minimum serving size specified in this section for ready-to-eat breakfast cereals must be served. Until October 1, 2019, the minimum serving size for any type of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals is ¼ cup for children ages 1-2; 1/3 cup for children ages 3-5; and ¾ cup for children ages 6-12.

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