Have you run out of menu ideas for your daycare, or are you simply looking for ideas to add to your current menu? If so, then you are in the right place!
I know that coming up with a healthy menu for your daycare can be challenging, time-consuming, and even use up resources trying to brainstorm. But, I have simplified this process for you!
In this guide, I will take you through several samples of daycare menus, breakfast, lunch and snack ideas. These ideas are easy to prepare and won't strain your pockets.
In addition, the menu ideas we shall speak about below meet the meal guidelines laid down for daycares. Also, your kids will love these meals, including the picky eaters.
Table of Contents
Whole grain bread
Orange fruit juice
Cream of wheat
Orange fruit juiceMilk
Quaker puffed rice
Orange fruit juice
Grape fruit juice
Orange fruit juiceMilk
Quaker puffed wheat
Chicken drum sticks
Bean & beef burrito
Canned tuner with light mayonnaise
Turkey & Cheese sandwiches
Baked potato wedges
Macaroni and cheese yogurt pouches
Peas and shredded carrots
Tropical fruit saladMilk
Mixed fresh fruit
Hamburger on bun
Spinach & cheese quesadillas
Ham & bean soup
Avocado egg salad
Turkey & cheese wrap
Piece of fruit, e.g., pears
Chicken noodle soup
Fresh fruit cocktailMilk
Turkey & cheese sandwiches
Cheese pizza rolls
Buttered pasta with bacon and parmesan
Favorite nut butter banana sandwich
Daycare Snack Menu Ideas
English muffinGrape fruit juice
Instant banana puddingString cheese
Cheerios treatsTropical fruit juice
Cottage cheeseCarrot sticks
Ham cubesCubed cheese
Monkey bars rolled in special K cereal
Yogurt tubeGrain crackers
Apple cookiesCheese pizza rolls
Bunny crackersBoiled egg
Banana sandwichesCherry fruit juice
Cheese mini pizzaApple-grape juice
Favorite nut butter cookiesFavorite fruit balls
Boiled eggPiece of fruit, e.g., watermelon
Animal crackersFlavored milk
Nachos with goat cheese
Pasta saladRice cake
Surprise pizza puffs
Yogurt pouchesCelery and carrot sticks
Animal crackersCherry fruit juice
Pasta saladHardboiled egg
Soft bread or pretzelApple juice
Chocolate chip cookieFlavored milk
Yoghurt dry cereal sundaes
Grain sandwich breadCherry juice
Granola barsGrape juice
Cheese slicesWheat crackers
Grain bread stickApple juice
Fresh veggies pizza
Rice Krispie treats
Cheesy potato sticksTropical juice
Sugar cookiesFlavored milk
Coffee cakeFlavored milk
Ants on a log
Cottage cheeseRaw soft veggies
Apple finger cubesGrain crackers
Sandwich bread flatMilk
Chicken nuggetsApple fruit juice
Cubed cheeseRitz crackers
Cake donutApple cider
Daycare Menu Tips
So far, we have seen a variety of vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious foods that you can include in your daycare menu.
But before we conclude our topic today, let's see the tips you will need to remember as you introduce these menus to the young ones.
Remember to clean your hands before preparing the meals. Also, ensure that your cookware is clean and in perfect condition.
Additionally, clean fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or consumption; This is to ensure they are free from pesticides and other pollutants that stick on their surfaces.
Try to mix various food textures in your daycare recipes. For example, you can pair crunchy meat alternates with a soft fruit match.
Incorporating different textures in your servings will make eating fun. Moreover, you will be teaching the children what various foods look like and how they feel.
Remember to serve small portions of food per child to avoid food wastage. Then, if a kid is not full, you can add some more food.
As a rule of thumb, you can serve each child one tablespoon for every year in their age. So, for example, you will serve five tablespoons of food to a kid who is five years old.
Also, get partitioned plates since they will help you serve the right food portions.
If the food you prepared today wasn't well-received, you can allow that recipe to rest for several days and then cook it differently another day.
For example, if the kids didn't like the sweet potatoes you prepared using a traditional technique, you can consider baking them next time to give them a crispy taste. This way, you haven't given up on healthy food!
To ensure you provide the kids with balanced meals each day, you'll have to be very keen on the food groups you serve. Each menu we have gone through above has considered this.
For example, you will need to go for whole-grain bread, oatmeal wraps, and pasta since it is a healthier option for the kids.
Also, add protein foods (at least one) to the meals. Additionally, you will need to ensure that the protein is lean; fat meat will deprive a child of healthy growth.
Last but not least, don't forget to add some fruits and vegetables to the meals; these will provide great nutritional value to the kids and help them in their learning processes.
I know the above list on daycare menus, breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas will call forth your creativity, and you will keep borrowing from these menu guidelines often.
And that's it for today! From this end, I wish happy feeding to those fantastic souls. Keep adding smiles on their faces from the beautiful and nutritious meals you will serve them daily; the entire universe is very proud of you!