Food & Nutrition
The food we eat is an important part of who we are, and thus an integral part of our curriculum.
At Sunflower Montessori, we pay attention to every detail of the food process. We do this by:
- Hand-picking of all local & organic produce and ingredients
- Cooking in cast iron pots & pans that retain flavour and fortify nutrients
- Serving the meals in a family style dining atmosphere in order to foster values of connection, sharing, and community
Our environment is set up so that children are enabled to learn about nutrition, have a healthy attitude towards food, and develop an awareness and respect for their bodies. The nutritional options available to children are crucial to their growth and development, as the food they eat plays a key role in their ability to learn and in their behavioral attitudes. We believe it’s important for children to understand that food decisions are health decisions.
Our menu is carefully designed to create a balanced meal with essential vitamins and minerals accessible from wholesome foods such as fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, high-quality lean protein and healthy fats. All of our meals are prepared fresh on site, from scratch, on a daily basis by our CNP certified, in-house holistic nutritional chef – with the help of the children, of course.
The children are a part of every process:
- Selecting food from local businesses through our Community Integration Program
- Prepping food
- Cleaning up
We at Sunflower Montessori strive to instill healthy eating habits in order to perpetuate a holistic lifestyle that will eventually carry children into lasting wellness.
Carefully Designed Menu to Create Balanced Meals
All meals are planned and prepared by a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). We also accommodate vegan, gluten free and vegetarian diets.
Seasonal fresh fruit accompanies all meals. During the afternoon snack, water, herbal tea, and milk are always available in the room. Milk varieties are organic rice milk, almond milk, and cow’s milk. All dairy and meat are purchased from Roast. Produce, snacks, and all other foods are bought from Fiesta Farms and Evergreen Natural Foods.
Here is a sample of what your child might eat at Sunflower and Oakwood Village Montessori Schools:
Green juice with white bean hummus and & crackers for a morning snack. Lunch consists of crispy rice & lentil pancakes with potato curry. For an afternoon snack, your child might have baked sweet potato topped with coconut oil & cinnamon
Lasting Wellness Through Holistic Nutrition
Address: 582 Oakwood Ave
Oakwood Village Montessori
Address: 473 Oakwood Ave