Good Nutrition


The time-honoured tradition of breakfast, lunch, and dinner seems the best way to ensure a balanced diet, but the fact is that we may not need three meals a day. A better solution for some families may be more frequent, lighter meals.

Students have the option of both.  Breakfast and Lunch are served with an optional mid-morning snack and an afternoon tea snack.

Our Turaco House Kitchen serves warm home-cooked meals that have been given a well-balanced approach of all the essential foods a child needs for energy and concentration.

We limit the dessert options to twice a week and ensure the children receive the essential fruit option the other two days.  We still recommend the child receives another fruit option at home.

Each meal is served with a salad and vegetables of some sort.  Each child is encouraged to serve all the food items on offer, so as to open their horizons to food choices.

The variety of lunches are designed to keep the student interested and excited to have lunch with a variety of textures and tastes.  The weekly menu will be posted on the internal communicator of the D6 at the beginning of the week.

Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits — rather than fruit juice. If your child drinks juice, make sure it’s 100% juice, without added sugars and limit his or her servings. Look for canned fruit that says it’s light or packed in its own juice, meaning it’s low in added sugar. Keep in mind that one-quarter cup of dried fruit counts as one cup-equivalent of fruit.

When you juice an orange you would need approximately 7 oranges to make a cup of juice.  Why are you not full after this cup of juice? When juicing you remove the juice from the fibre and fibre is what fills you and don’t forget, good for you!  So eat 2 oranges and get the juice and fibre instead of 7 oranges which is an excess of natural sugars.

If your child is not taking the option of school lunch then home lunch box contents are very important.

The school does not allow junk food, cool drinks, chips or sweets to be included in lunch boxes please.

 

Use lots of colour in the lunch box and textures of food.

 

There is a microwave and access to hot water for well-balanced dinner meals to be reheated such as Macaroni Cheese, chicken and veg, soup etc.

 

LUNCH BOX IDEAS

Fruit:  Sliced apple, blueberries, strawberries, naartjie, Frozen Smoothies in squeeze pouches.  

Protein Rich Food:  Ham, Biltong, Chicken Pieces, Boiled Egg, Humus in a Pita, Quiche cup.

Nuts: Peanuts and raisins, Pecan Nuts, Peanuts still in there shell is always fun.

Dairy: Slices of cheese, Yoghurt, Cottage Cheese with carrots to dip.

Veg: Carrots, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery with Peanut Butter and Raisins, Snap Peas.

Other:  Popcorn, Trail Mix, Rice Crackers, Chips and Salsa, Veg Crisps, Savoury Crackers.

Sweets:  Yoghurt covered raisins, Fortune Cookie, Homemade Muffins.