Helping your kids stay healthy

At Cornerstone we follow the guidelines of the USDA's Food Plate.  What does this mean for your child?  We focus on the whole child, which not only means their mental well being, but their physical well being as well.  This begins with diet! Our cook receives annual nutritional training to ensure your child is receiving well balanced meals while in our care.


We plan our menu's monthly and they are always posted by the kitchen door and extra copies are available for you to take.  We are working to slowly integrate a much healthier menu with less processed foods and more fresh vegetables and meats.  Processed foods are not healthy, and I am committed to working on providing  healthy options that the children will eat and enjoy.

Nutrition

Fruit

Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group. We limit the amount of canned fruit and fruit juice due to the high sugar content.  We try to focus on providing as much fresh fruit as possible.


Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy dietmay reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake

Vegetables

Our menu is full of healthy vegetables and we sneak them in the main dishes whenever possible. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
When it comes to vegetables, there is also their abundance of phytonutrients to consider. In the science of food, no change has been bigger than the discovery of phytonutrients and their unique place in our health. Phytonutrients include all of the unique substances that give foods their brilliant colors, their delicious flavors, and their unique aromas. They are also the nutrients most closely linked to prevention of certain diseases. Carotenonids and flavonoids are the two of the largest groups of phytonutrients, and there is no food group that provides them in amounts as plentiful as vegetables. The phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and in root vegetables like onions and garlic, are unique when it comes to decreased risk of certain cancers, and some of these phytonutrients simply cannot be found in other food groups.

Meat and Protein

All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs,

processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group.

Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds supply many nutrients. These include protein, B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and B6), vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Proteins are one of three nutrients that provide calories (the others are fat and carbohydrates).


We are working toward a menu with less processed meat products and more fresh non-fried components.

 

Grains

 Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.

Grains are divided into 2 subgroups, Whole Grains and Refined Grains.

Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm.

Examples include:

whole-wheat flour
bulgur (cracked wheat)
oatmeal
whole cornmeal
brown rice


We are focussed on serving more WHOLE GRAIN proucts since they are the healthier option.