Nutrition and Mealtimes Policy
Did you know...?
Basil can aid digestion easing symptoms of wind, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion
Ginger aids digestion and is also a good remedy for nausea.
Carrots are rich in antioxidants, which are effective in supporting the body’s immune system. One medium carrot will supply a six year old child’s daily requirement of vitamin A.
Chicken contains much less fat than other meats as much of the fat lies in the skin which can be removed. However chicken with the skin on is higher in fat than beef and other red meats.
Red meat contains iron that is more easily absorbed than iron in fruit, vegetables, greens and eggs. However meat will help to boost the absorption of iron from vegetables and cereals when eaten at the same time.
Tuna is a true superfood storecupboard standby, rich in protein, vitamin D and B12. Tuna is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which help to protect us from heart disease.
Kiwi fruit contain almost twice as much vitamin C as oranges. One kiwi fruit supplies more than the daily adult requirement of vitamin C. The dark colour of the flesh means it is packed full of goodness.
Berry fruits are rich in vitamin C which is important for growth healing of wounds and healthy skin.
Our menu helps to promote growth, increase energy and boost brainpower in healthy, happy children from 4 months to 5 years. Inspired by the best selling author Annabel Karmel, the meal plan incorporates SuperFoods for babies and children approved by nutritionist and dieticians at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Eating by colour
SuperFoods are foods that have roles other than supplying the basic components of our diet – carbohydrate, protein and fat. Theses roles may vary boosting energy and brain power to prevention of illness and even repair of damage. Researchers estimate that diets filled with fruits and vegetables instead of fats, along with exercise, could reduce cancer incidence by 30 to 40 per cent. Fruit and vegetables rich in colour such as tomatoes, spinach, oranges and blueberries can help reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer. In general the more colourful the food, the more nutritious it is!
Our menu will change throughout the year to provide variety for the children as well as helping to extend their learning opportunities. We aim to provide fresh produce that the children will enjoy and benefit from including healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Why is a healthy diet important for your oral health?
Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce the harmful acids. So it is important to keep sugary foods only to mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
Acidic foods and drinks can be just as harmful to your teeth. The acid erodes the enamel, exposing the dentine underneath. This can make the teeth sensitive and cause them to decay far more quickly. A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce can help to prevent gum disease . Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and cause bad breath.
Acidic food and drinks can cause decay. Listed below are the pH values of some food and drinks. The lower the PH number; the more acidic the product. Anything with a PH value lower than 5 may cause tooth decay. ‘Alkalis’ have a high pH number and neutralise the acid effects of sugars. PH 7 is the middle figure between acid and alkali.
• mineral water (still) PH 7.6
• milk PH 6.9
• cheddar cheese PH 5.9
• orange juice PH 3.8
• grapefruit PH 3.3
• pickles pH 3.2
• cola pH 2.5
• vinegar pH 2.0
How should I clean my child’s teeth?
Cleaning your child’s teeth should be part of their daily hygiene routine.
You may find it easier to stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.
When the first teeth start to come through, try using a children’s toothbrush with a small smear of toothpaste.
It is important to supervise your child’s brushing until they are at least seven.
Once all the teeth have come through, use a small-headed soft toothbrush in small circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.
Don’t forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums.
If possible make tooth brushing a routine – preferably in the morning, and last thing before your child goes to bed. Remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results!
You can get low-fluoride toothpastes, and the general rule is to use a small smear of toothpaste up to 5 years; from 5 to 7 use slightly less than a pea size and a normal pea size from 7 upwards. Children should be supervised up to the age of 7, and you should make sure that they spit out the toothpaste and don’t swallow any if possible.