Next week, primary and infant schools in Brighton will be trialling new menu ideas, in an initiative from the local education authority’s supplier, Eden Food Service. ‘Fun Into Food Week’ starts on Monday as an effort to encourage children to experience new tastes. Children will be encourage to take part in competitions to win a smoothie workshop for their class or an Eden ‘Goody Bag’.
The programme is as follows;
Monday there will be a pasta bar offering a range of toppings, salad and garlic bread.
Tuesday is Mexican day where kids will get the chance to build their own wraps accompanied by jacket wedges, salad.
Wednesday is UK themed with a traditional roast dinner, which isn’t a big change to the usual menu, as it’s the nominated roast day anyway!
Thursday is USA themed where kids can build their own burgers.
Friday is Pizza Day where pupils will vote for their favourite toppings.
Dessert will be offered as usual on each day although it’s not clear exactly what on each day.
Parent campaigners have been working with Eden and the local education authority for some time now to improve the choices and environment in which children eat. If you have noticed jacket potatoes appearing on the menu more days a week, it’s very likely this is a result of this group of dedicated parents. And now with ‘Fun Into Food Week’ the kids can get even more involved.
The timing of the initiative is perfect in our household, my eldest is starting to get more curious and adventurous despite a complicated battle with my cooking. Having dinner at school in the hall turned out to be a positive development in her eating habits. Surrounded by friends and encourage by school staff, she started to take pride in trying to new flavours and healthy eating. By the end of the reception year, she had learned which foods were healthy and why she should rehydrate with water. Messages which we reinforced at home but she took more notice of the school!
If you are unsure whether to sign your child up for school meals, The Schools Food Trust have designed this healthy booklet; The Little Book of Goodness, to assist you in making that decision.
Don’t forget BrightonMums.com are running a free family nutrition event this Friday – come along and get some inspiration for home-cooked meals and balanced eating from a nutritionist.
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