Healthy Eating, Healthy Children – Part 2

This is the second post in a three-part series about nutrition for children and how KinderCare supports healthy eating in our learning centers.

Part 1: Focus on Fruits, Vary the Vegetables

Here’s another healthy eating tip from KinderCare for ensuring your child receives the proper nutrition for growth and learning:

Serve More Whole Grains

Dietary guidelines strongly encourage that children consume whole grain products often. Most children eat plenty of grains but few are getting enough “whole grains”. Foods that are whole grains consist of the entire grain seed.

KinderCare’s menu offers a minimum of one whole grain serving per day. Additionally, we aim to serve at least 3 whole grains per week at breakfast and one whole grain per week at snack.

Servings & Nutrition for Children

Many KinderCare Learning Centers serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. However, meals, menus, and snack service may vary by location. Please check with your local day care center director for more information.

Healthy eating for children includes making sure they get enough whole grains

We provide meals and snacks that include a variety of food groups including meat and meat alternates, bread and grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Our meals and snacks provide nutrition for children including carbohydrates, proteins and fat to give children energy, while maintaining total calories within recommended ranges specific to a child’s age group and level of activity.

On average over a school week we aim to not exceed 35 percent of total calories from fat, 10 percent calories from saturated fat and minimal grams trans-fat. Additionally, we strive to serve meals and snacks that have limited added sugar and sodium and increased dietary fiber. Our meal planning is based on current scientific research and recommendations.

You can have confidence that we provide your child with wholesome meals to help them grow strong, healthy and happy.

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