At Happy Feet Otahuhu we provide freshly made and cooked meals for the children at our centre each day – all year round. We see this as a special opportunity that allows us to not only provide nutritious meals but educate children about healthy food choices and relationships with food.
Nutrition is so important for young children as it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development.
Our kitchen is the heart of the centre, where our talented chef creates menus and amazing meals to suit the weather. We do this so that we can make the most of delicious, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables.
Dietitian Approved & Designed
We are proud to offer a nutrition and meal service programme called Nourish – “Thriving minds, active bodies, nurtured hearts”. A slogan we hold close to our hearts, we believe that through nourishing food, children are fuelled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes. Mealtimes are calm, fun, social and children are encouraged to develop table manners and independent skills in serving food by being encouraged to regulate their own portions and clean up after meals.
ECE Menus & Recipes
Our Nourish menus encompass seasonal (Summer and Winter) 4 – week rotating menu, with a wide variety of nourishing meals for the children at our centre.
Our Nourish recipes are dietitian approved, and have been thoughtfully designed using the NZ Heart Foundation’s, Healthy Heart – Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards for Early Childhood Centres which is in line with the NZ Food & Nutrition Guidelines and the Ministry of Health (MOH) Healthy Eating for babies, toddlers and children.
Fresh, Real & Wholesome
Across morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, our Nourish menu provides foods that are minimally processed, avoiding recipes that are high in added sugar, instead using fresh, real and wholesome ingredients. Children are provided with well-balanced meals from the four main food groups (breads and cereals, milk and milk products, fruit and vegetables, lean meat and meat alternatives).
Using healthy alternatives, we still offer “crowd favourites” such as, Cottage Pie, Spaghetti Bolognese & Macaroni and Cheese. Some other items you will see on the menu are…. Tuna and Salad Wraps, Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas and Couscous, Crackers & Cheese with Beetroot Dip and Wholemeal Mexican Pita Pockets! YUM…
You can view our menus in centre, or even request one of our menus to try with your children at home!