10 April 2017
Once again we are pleased to launch the Bright Horizons Summer Menu which has received the Children’s Food Trust Award for complying with the Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England as well as Setting the Table Guidelines in Scotland.
The menus have been planned taking into consideration feedback from parents, nursery staff and our trained chefs. Bright Horizons have also been privileged to be working in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust in designing their new menu and launching this in the Autumn.
Meanwhile we appreciate the concerns parents have about sugar particularly in desserts and have taken this into consideration when planning our new menu to ensure we reduce the “hidden sugars”:
Breakfast: we do not serve cereals with added sugar- preferring to serve porridge, cornflakes, and wheat biscuits. Our toast is served with savoury spreads – not jam or chocolate spread.
Drinks: the only drinks served throughout the day is water or milk.
Snacks: Daily snack options include savoury items limiting sugar from fresh fruit and dried fruit is only served in limited amounts as an ingredient in main meals or desserts.
Main meals: We strive to ensure that all of our meals are made using fresh ingredients – not manufactured sauces high in added salt and sugar. No salt is added in the cooking process and the use of low salt stock or gravy is limited to once per week.
Any canned fruit used is in natural juice and canned vegetables used are those in water. When baked beans are offered a these are low salt and sugar variety.
We are in the process of introducing a natural yoghurt made fresh on site using UK sourced milk, allowing us to include this in many of our dishes both sweet and savoury. Used in recipes for sauces, salad dressings, fruit Mousse and cheesecake this natural yoghurt base allows us to reduce sugar making the favourite dishes a healthier option.
Desserts: Our menu has multiple options allowing parents to be involved in selecting the daily desserts for lunch and tea. Behind the scenes our recipes have been amended to reduce the amount of sugar using fruit or vegetables where ever possible e.g. Chocolate Beetroot Sponge; Carrot & Raisin Muffins. Portion sizes are managed to ensure that these comply with current guidelines. Natural Yoghurt is offered instead reducing the need for custard. We avoid adding sugar toppings and sugar decorations where ever possible. As mentioned above our cold desserts use yoghurt and not sweetened jellies. Fruit yoghurt is made using natural yoghurt and pureed fruit avoiding the use of manufactured products that may have added sugar.
We trust that your child will once again enjoy the menu we have designed and we look forward to your feedback to help us begin work on the Winter Menu!
Please note: this menu is not available in all nurseries. Please speak to your local nursery manager for more information.