Healthy Foods to Send to Preschool

Laura Murray By Laura Murray, 3rd Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/12wbzhk5/
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Your child is starting to get teeth and is moving from mushy foods to more solid foods. You want to send healthy foods to preschool, but the options at the store aren't that great. What can you send that is healthy and easy and safe?

Overview

When your child is about one year old, they can eat some foods, but not all foods. They may or may not have teeth and finding something healthy to pack for preschool/daycare can be daunting.

As a previous preschool teacher, and teacher of one year olds, I have some Do’s and Don’ts for you.

This or That?

Do NOT Send

  • Weiner dogs, no matter the size
  • Whole grapes

Do Send

  • Fresh fruit – make sure it is cut into small pieces that will not get stuck in your baby’s throat. Children love strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and citrus.
  • Squeeze packs – there are many packs available now that are organic, preservative free, and very healthy for your baby. I always tell parents to load up on these when they are on sale because they can get pricey if you buy them regularly.
  • Chicken and Turkey – shred the meat. If you cook the meat slowly, preferably in a steamer or crockpot, the meat will get cooked thoroughly and will fall apart easily. This is a good way to get some protein in your baby’s diet. Think about shredded meat for BBQ sandwiches, and make the meat even smaller. Your child will love it! Just don’t send BBQ sauce with it as that will be a big mess for the teacher to clean up!
  • Crackers and Pretzels
  • Nuts – make sure you child has enough teeth and the capability of chewing before you send nuts.
  • Sandwiches – cut into small pieces for your child
  • Ham – shredded. Go to the deli at your grocery store and find a ham with no preservatives or hormones. Then have them shred the meat as small as they can. This will be great for your little one to eat.
  • Cereal/Trail Mixes
  • Granola bars
  • Cheese – shredded or cut into very small pieces. You can also buy stick and string cheeses but they will be pricier. If you can, find cheese that is all natural. I like to use Sargento.

Additional Advice

Make sure and tell the teacher if you are introducing new foods. This will let the teacher know to help the child understand the new food. It will also alert them to watch for allergic reactions. Also, don’t give your child all new food all at once. Introduce new foods in the midst of foods you know they already like. This will ensure that your child will have some food to eat even if he/she doesn’t like the new food.

Babies are very finicky. So if your baby doesn’t like something today, reintroduce it in a few weeks. They will likely take to it then. Their taste is developing which causes their likes and dislikes to change frequently. This may cause them to quit liking something that they used to love. It’s ok. They will likely return to it later.

Be patient with your child and continue to introduce them to new and old foods. Variety in the early years will help your child to develop a diverse palette.

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Foods, Healthy Food, Healthy Snacks, One Year Old, Preschool, Preschool Food, Snacks, Toddler

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author avatar Laura Murray
My passions in writing are in Christian persecution and food/health. I also love to pursue topics in terrorism and intelligence as my experience and education are in these areas.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Are you kidding me that people send one year olds to preschool? Here it is aged 3 and 4.

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author avatar Laura Murray
4th Sep 2014 (#)

(Laughing) yes they do and I was the teacher. Ages 3 and 4 are called pre-k. Generally, if it is a preschool, and not a daycare, then they have a curriculum they follow. For these ages, the curriculum is loose. Focuses on teaching the child how to walk, grab, eat, etc. it is also about exposing them to colors, shapes, reading, etc so that they catch on quicker when they get to the pre-k classes. Day cares just watch the children and keep them safe while they play.

I went to daycare as a child. I think preschool for this young age is a newer phenomenon. My husband is in the army and we move frequently. Some states have it this way and others don't. I think it's a cultural thing.

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