Menu Planning

We trust that these newly revised menus will meet the needs of your child care program. The menus were redesigned by Melissa Aubertin-Coutu B.A.Sc R.D www.sukhayogaandnutrition.com and are now organized by season rather than by month to reduce weekly repetition. New recipes were introduced to ensure that children are provided with a wide variety of tastes, colours and diverse foods and the menus were reviewed along side the recently revised Canada’s Food Guide and Day Nurseries Act * to ensure compliance.  Please note that some of the menus may suggest using nuts and that these recipes of course should be made with caution.  In addition to including a list of resources that would support healthy menu planning, there is now documentation regarding portion sizes and tips for picky eaters.

Click here to read more nutrition information for daycare centres.

Fall/Winter Week 1
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

Oatmeal
Sliced banana
Milk
Hard boiled egg
Whole wheat toast
Alphabet Pancakes
Fruit Milk
1/2 whole wheat English muffin
Cream cheese
Milk
Banana Berry Wake Up Shake
Cold cereal
Lunch Tuna & Rice Casserole
Squash
Fruit
Milk
Beef, Barley and Cabbage Soup
Carrot & Celery sticks
Canned fruit
Milk
Cheese Ravioli with Pasta sauce
Garlic bread
Salad
Milk
Sweet Potato Soup
Turkey salad sandwich
Fruit
Milk
Chili with Vegetables,
Cornmeal muffins or
Whole wheat toast
Fruit cocktail
Milk
Mid-afternoon Snack Tortilla Pinwheels
Mandarin oranges
water
Pumpkin Cookies
Applesauce
Water
1 Minute Apple Tortilla
Milk
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie
1/2 banana
Milk
Orange Banana Muffin
Milk

Fall/Winter Week 2
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

1/2 whole wheat bagel,
cream cheese
Water
Yogurt &
Fruit cubes
Water
Sunny Orange Shake
Water
Granola & Milk
Water
Tortilla Pinwheels
Water
Lunch Belly Button Soup
Red and Green pepper slices with dip
Pineapple
Milk
Hoisin Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Brown rice
Applesauce
Milk
Easy Bean Soup with Ham
Whole wheat buns
Carrot & celery sticks
Milk
Lazy Lasagna
Green salad
Fruit
Milk

Homemade fish sticks
Couscous
Sweet potatoes
Fruit
Milk

Mid-afternoon Snack Applesauce Oatmeal cookie
Milk
Hidden Treasure Cake
Milk
Mango slices
Graham crackers
Water

Vegetable juice
(low sodium V8)
Broomsticks (cheese cubes on end of breadsticks)
Water

Apple & Cheese Muffin
Milk

Fall/Winter Week 3
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

Creamy Fruit Mix
Water
Yogurt
1/2 banana
Water
Pineapple Sunrise Shake
Water
Oat Cereal with berries
Milk
Strawberry or raspberry yogurst with berries
Water
Lunch

Homemade pizza (veggies & meat)
Salad
Mandarin oranges
Milk

Quick Vegetable Beef Stew
Whole wheat crackers/toast
Applesauce
Milk
Split Pea & Tomato Soup
Tuna sandwich
Cucumber sticks
Milk
Herb Baked Chicken
Green beans/peas
Whole wheat buns
Apple slices
Milk
Quick whole wheat macaroni and cheese
Whole wheat rolls
Salad
Fruit
Milk
Mid-afternoon Snack Banana Muffin
Milk
Veggies & dip
Pita triangles
Water
Fruit cocktail
Graham crackers
Water
Vegetable juice (low sodium V8)
Cheese cubes & crackers
Pudding
Trail mix
Water

Fall/Winter Week 4
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

Tofu Banana Smoothie
Water
French Toast with Berries
Milk
Orange Banana Muffin
Milk
Oatmeal Pancakes with fruit topping
Milk
Kiwi slices
Graham Crackers
Water
Lunch

Meatloaf Muffins
Whole wheat bread
Carrot coins
Milk

Corn chowder
Grilled cheese
Veggies & dip
Milk
Chicken & BBQ sauce
Quinoa Pilaf
Broccoli with cheese sauce
Fruit
Milk
Vegetable Lentil Soup
Chicken Sandwich
Apple slices
Milk
Beef & Bean Burrito Bake
Cauliflower
Fruit
Milk
Mid-afternoon Snack Maple Carrot Muffin
Water
Jack's Beanstalks
Water
Applesauce
Graham crackers
Water
Veggies & dip
Whole wheat crackers
Water
Guacamole & pita triangles
Milk

Spring/Summer Week 1
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

Strawberry, Orange Banana Smoothie
1/2 slice whole wheat toast
Water
Cold cereal
Apple slices
Milk
Creamy Fruit Mix
Water
1/2 Whole wheat bagel
Cream cheese or peanut butter
Water
Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana Smoothie
Lunch Tuna Wraps
Carrot & celery sticks
Fruit
Milk
Couscous Salad with Chick Peas
Cucumber slices
Fresh or canned fruit
Milk
Homemade Chicken Fingers,
Homemade Veggie Fries
Fruit
Milk
Broccoli, Red Pepper and Cheese Frittata
Brown rice
Fruit
Milk
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Tomato soup
Apple slices
Milk
Mid-afternoon Snack Yogurt
Fresh pear slices
Water
Ham & Cheese cubes
Whole wheat crackers
Water
Melon slices
Graham crackers
Water
Applesauce Oatmeal Cookie
Peaches
Milk
Hummus or bean dip
Carrots
Whole wheat crackers
Water


Spring/Summer Week 2
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

1 Minute Apple Tortilla
Water
Yogurt
Blueberries
Water
Strawberry Kiwi Banana Smoothie
Water
Tropical fruit salad
Milk
Apple slices and cheese cubes or peanut butter
Milk
Lunch Sun dried tomato pasta
Salad
Fresh or frozen berries
Milk

Salmon Sandwiches
Salad
Plums or apricots
Milk

Homemade Pita Pizza (veggies & meat)
Fruit
Milk
Mexican Sombreros
Sauteed peppers and mushrooms
Milk

20 Minute Chicken Chili
Whole wheat toast
Veggies & dip
Milk

Mid-afternoon Snack Baba Ganoush & pita triangles
Carrot sticks
Milk
Banana Muffin
Applesauce
Water
Breadsticks
Cucumber strips with tzatziki dip
Water
Guacamole & pita triangles
Milk
Peach Cobbler
Milk


Spring/Summer Week 3
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

Yogurt
1/2 banana Water
Alphabet Pancakes
Milk
Apple Cheese Muffin
Milk
1/2 bagel
Cream cheese
Pineapple
Water
Banana Berry Wake Up Shake
Lunch Quick Macaroni & Cheese Zucchini Sticks
Whole wheat rolls
Applesauce
Milk
Turkey Tortilla Roll Ups
Cucumber slices
Strawberries
Milk
Cinnamon Banana French Toast
Milk
Veggie Beef and Pasta Bake
Fresh fruit
Milk
Tuna or Egg Salad Sandwich
Salad
Mandarin oranges
Milk
Mid-afternoon Snack

Pudding
Trail mix
Water

Maple Carrot Muffin
Applesauce
Water
Plums or pears
Graham crackers
Yogurt
Strawberries
Water
Veggies & dip
Pita triangles
Water


Spring/Summer Week 4
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mid-morning Snack

Strawberry Kiwi Banana Smoothie
Water
Hard Boiled eggs
Whole wheat toast
Trail Mix
Fruit cocktail
Milk
Cold cereal
Orange segments
Milk
Oatmeal with blueberries
Milk
Lunch Whole Wheat Pitas filled with Ham, lettuce and cheese
Salad
Fresh Fruit
Milk
Herb Baked Chicken
Corn on the cob
Watermelon
Milk
Pasta Salad (add chicken or tuna or chick peas)
Tomato Slices
Fresh fruit
Milk
Homemade fish sticks
Mashed potato or Veggie Fries
Carrot coins
Milk
Tomato & (cheese or avocado) sandwiches
Salad
Melon slices
Milk
Mid-afternoon Snack

Hummus and Pita Triangles
Carrot Sticks
Water

Apple Cheese Muffin
Water
Frozen yogurt pops
Water
Graham crackers
Fresh peaches
Water
Applesauce
Orange Banana Muffin
Water

*Notes regarding the Day Nurseries Act

  • Infants under the age of one year are to be fed in accordance with written instructions from a parent of the child.
  • If food is provided by a parent for their child it must be labeled with their name.
  • Each child over the age of one year shall be served nutritious meals and snacks.  Snacks should promote good dental health and should be provided at times that will not interfere with the child’s appetite at meals.  
  • Only foods of high nutritional quality should be served to ensure maximum nutrient intake.
  • Correct procedures of food storage, handling and preparation contribute to the retention of nutrients and prevention of food poisoning.
  • Meals should be served at regular meal times.
  • Snacks should provide nutritional value as well as refreshment in a child’s busy day.  The snack should be easy for the child to handle and promote good dental health.
  • Meals should be served in a bright comfortable room with child-sized tables and chairs.  Dishes and utensils should be suitable for small hands.
  • Quiet time should be provided before meals to promote a relaxed environment.
  • Foods should be served family style.
  • Avoid delays in meal service so children do not have to wait long before eating
  • Remember that children’s appetites vary from meal to meal.  A child should never be forced to eat.

 

Last Modified: Jul 12, 2010