Nutrition and Health in the Montessori School: Planning and Parent Involvement
- whole grains
- fruits and vegetables (preferably one of each)
- lean protein (less than 1 oz. on a child-sized sandwich!)
- “Healthy meals in general should focus on fruits, vegetables and grains," says Mary Ellen Renna, MD, a board certified pediatrician, nutritionist and author of Growing Up Healthy the Next Generation Way. "We should think of meats and proteins more as a condiment. Kids really do get plenty of protein—and adults even more so."
A chart is a great way to illustrate healthy alternatives to common food choices (http://kidshealth.org/parent/food/general/lunch.html):
|Higher-fat lunch meats||Lower-fat deli meats, such as turkey|
|White bread||Whole-grain breads (wheat, oat, multi-grain)|
|Mayonnaise||Light mayonnaise or mustard|
|Fried chips and snacks||Baked chips, air-popped popcorn, trail mix, veggies and a healthy dip|
|Fruit in syrup||Fruit in natural juices or fresh fruit|
|Cookies and snack cakes||Trail mix, yogurt, or homemade baked goods such as oatmeal cookies or fruit muffins|
|Fruit drinks and soda||Milk, water, or 100% fruit juice|
Montessori parents who see and believe that they are advocates for their children’s health in partnership with the Montessori school are critical to your program’s success. Bon appétit!
- Scholsser, Eric. Fast Food Nation. Penguin Books. (2002)
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, April 27, 2009.