Hazel Woods Preschool

Mealtimes

Hazel Wood's Mealtimes 

Wholesome, seasonal, organic, gf hot meals, light breakfast and snacks are provided by Hazel Woods every day and are included in the tuition.  Great care is placed in the selection of each snack and meal to ensure a variety of taste, color, texture, and nutritional value.  Every meal is special and exciting with familiar foods and new adventures for the young palate.

Meal preparation and meal times are an important part of each day.  Much of the preparation will be done before the children arrive, but there will always be something that they can do with their teachers; whether it’s chopping fruits and vegetables, seasoning soups, dressing salads, kneading dough, or setting the table.  Each meal is served on china plates or bowls, with cloth napkins, flatware, glasses, and fresh flowers on the table. 

We will say a verse before meals, thanking the nature for our food, and we all work together to clear the table and wash the dishes after each meal.  These routines provide great comfort to the children, feed their bodies and their souls, and are an anticipated and enjoyable part of every day.

All of our food choices are non-gmo, plant-based, sugar free, gluten free, and free of artificial sweeteners, chemicals or dyes.  We attempt to provide a large variety of real organic foods and healthy grains.  Due to the high incidents of food allergies in young children and for the overall optimal in healthy meals we do not serve dairy, soy, corn, nuts, eggs or gluten and there are no nuts, dairy, eggs, or gluten in our facility. 


Each fruit and vegetable product is chosen by the criteria of organic, seasonal, and locally grown if at all possible.  We enjoy 3 mealtimes per day with a light breakfast at 9:30, snack at 10:45 and a hot lunch at 12:30.  Each day the meals are balanced with proteins, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and wholesome gf grains. 


Current Menu

Tuesday 

Breakfast - organic gf oatmeal served with organic fresh seasonal fruit

Snack - organic gf whole grain/seed crackers served with organic sunflower butter, and organic fresh seasonal vegetables

Lunch - organic basmati or brown rice and organic lentils, served with a fresh organic garden salad, or organic fresh seasonal vegetable

Wednesday 
​Breakfast - organic gf oatmeal served with organic fresh seasonal fruit


Snack - organic gf whole grain/seed crackers served with, organic sunflower butter, and organic fresh seasonal vegetables


Lunch - fresh baked gf bread served with apple butter, and organic hummus and organic fresh seasonal vegetables  

Thursday 
​Breakfast - organic gf oatmeal served with organic fresh seasonal fruit


Snack - organic gf whole grain/seed crackers served with organic sunflower butter, and organic fresh seasonal vegetables

Lunch - roasted organic sweet potatoes or purple potatoes and organic white beans, served with organic mixed green salad or other organic seasonal vegetable

Friday 
​Breakfast - organic gf oatmeal served with organic fresh seasonal fruit


Snack - organic gf whole grain/seed crackers served with organic sunflower butter, and organic fresh seasonal vegetables

Lunch - organic brown rice pasta and organic kidney or white beans, served with organic fresh garden salad or other organic seasonal vegetable

We also take great pride and gain great pleasure in making and finding food choices that meet our strict guidelines that children love to eat.  We will be eating things at school that sound quite decadent, but you can rest easily knowing that we have been working hard to find the best foods in the market, and are often at school late or very early in the morning chopping, prepping, freezing, and baking to make these special healthy treats.  

Some of our healty organic treats
Baked apples, oatmeal, and cinnamon
Fresh baked oatmeal cookies
Frozen bananas with cinnamon
Whole fruit popsicles
Fresh baked apple butter cookies
Fruit smoothies
Banana and fresh fruit ice cream
Traditional (modified :))

-Waldorf birthday cake

During the course of the year we are going to try a variety of fruits and vegetables.  There will be many things that the children will not enjoy eating, but hopefully will try them :).  


It is very unlikely that they are going to like eggplant, but the journey we share of looking at this wild vegetable is what matters. 


We will explore how this plant grows, marvel at the beautiful color, examine the interesting size and shape, and cut it open to examine a very interesting texture inside, then cook it up and taste it together.  


They will probably all make faces and laugh and say "yuck" with their friends, and that is the magic of preschool!