Nutrition Program

We are proud to introduce our new Nutrition Program. the goal of the program is to make parents and children aware of the importance of nutrition and how to lead a more healthy lifestyle.

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Our Nutrition Program involves the following:

  • Providing parents with health-related educational materials (example: practical lunch tips).
  • Offering children with opportunities to learn about health and nutrition.
  • Providing incentives to children and parents for bringing healthy lunches (examples: weekly “healthy lunch” certificates in each class, “I ate a healthy lunch today” stickers)
  • Ensuring that our school is candy free at all times, even during birthday parties.


The importance of Nutrition according to the Torah

Source: OU.org

We are commanded in the Torah:    ”וְנִשְׁמַרְתֶּם מְאֹד לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם”  - ”Be very careful about your lives,” (Devarim 4:15). We are obligated to preserve our health. Practically speaking, this means we should eat healthy foods and do so slowly. It means we should drink plenty of water and eat only when hungry, and not to the point of being 100 percent full. It also means we should exercise regularly and get enough sleep.


Healthy Eating for Preschoolers

Source: ChooseMyPlate.gov

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Healthy Lunch Tips

Contributed by Preschool Mom, Michelle Schmutter

We need to be more conscious about what we feed our kids and what we teach our kids about the importance of a healthy diet.  It has been proven that good eating habits established early will last well into adulthood, and psychologically speaking, teaching our kids a wide variety of healthy foods will result in positive behavior towards food and eating later in life.

In my child’s lunch, I try to include a wholesome clean protein (not salami or cured meats), a complex carbohydrate, and a vegetable. Below are samples of each type of food I send each day.

Wholesome clean proteins:

  •  Cubed chicken breast
  • Ground turkey
  • Baked fish
  • Hard boiled eggs

Complex carbohydrates:

  • Quinoa
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Brown rice pasta
  • Lentils

Vegetables:

  • Grated carrot salad
  • Steamed asparagus
  • Steamed green beans
  • Cucumber slices
  • Avocado (technically a fruit)
  • Cabbage salad
  • Cubed beets

I also will give once in a while a whole grain, gluten free bread with homemade hummus.

Preparation:

I like to heat up the food and put it in a thermos in the morning if it needs to be hot, and if not cold from the fridge in a covered lunch container seems to get to a good temperature by the time the kids have lunch.  I usually have these food cooked from the previous evening’s dinner, and just cube it up and put it the container in the morning.  If you plan healthy meals in the evenings, it shouldn’t be so hard or time consuming in the morning.

All the best and with Hashem’s help let give our children the best fighting chance for a healthy life in this world!


More Healthy Lunch Ideas

Contributed by our teachers!



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