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)
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, April 27, 2009.