Breakfast, lunch and snack that are plant-based, organic and natural are provided daily to the children and is included in tuition. If the organic version of a certain food item is unavailable, we do our best to provide the most natural alternative possible.
Our menu was carefully created with just the right nutritional balance in accordance with dietary guidelines and recommendations for a young developing child. It reflects an emphasis on vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains and tree nuts.
Our beverage choices are water, 1% organic milk and a morning fruit/vegetable smoothie. We occasionally serve fresh, raw juices but do not serve processed, bottled juices or any other sugary drinks.
Although our food is rich in flavor, we keep our meals low in sodium and sugar.
Given the family-style atmosphere at mealtime, we discourage parents to send individual meals unless your child has a dietary or religious restriction. We will accommodate special diets and food allergies within reason; in some cases we may ask parents to subsidize meals if special meal accommodations require more than Holistic Beginnings is able to provide.
At Holistic Beginnings, mealtime is a wonderful social experience for the children. It is an opportunity for them to develop healthy eating habits, learn social etiquette, courtesy, engage in conversation or just simply enjoy each other’s company.
The children set the table, placing plates, silverware, glasses and napkins. At every meal, we wait to begin eating until everyone is seated and ready. We then recite a simple blessing over our meal.
The atmosphere at mealtime is made comforting and relaxing for the children. During lunch, we play music gently in the background.
At the end of each meal, everyone participates in cleaning up. The children rinse their own plates, glasses and silverware and place them in the dishwasher. They also spray and wipe down the tables and sweep any food that had fallen to the floor.
Mealtimes at Holistic Beginnings creates a sense of community but most of all it creates a sense of togetherness – a sense of family. It sparks within each child a willingness to serve for the greater good of the whole, which helps to foster the development of social awareness and social responsibility.
Organic Preschool Boston MA