What is central in a preschool’s menu? For young children’s optimal height and weight growth during their early childhood, a balanced dietary intake with ample nutrients is of the utmost importance.  

Good diet and nutrition for young children play a FUNDAMENTAL role that enable children their OPTIMAL GROWTH and reinforce their stamina, motor and nervous system flexibility as well as their physical and intellectual development. 

A delectable and safety-compliant meal is insufficient. Rather, it should be adequately nourishing and visually inviting to stimulate the children’s appetite.  

A breakfast for students at Sakura Montessori
A lunch for students at Sakura Montessori
An afternoon snack served with milk for students

At Sakura Montessori, we have launched a school nutrition program incorporating mostly organic and natural foods that will help to boost the children’s physical and intellectual well-being, and elevate their Vietnamese-characterized physique comparable to that of their counterparts in developed countries within the region and Asia. 

The school’s menu is in line with the following criteria: 

  • 100% clean/organic/natural/fresh ingredients free from preservatives/pesticides or being genetically modified with transparent origins are used. Utilization of packaged/processed foods and off-season vegetables is minimized.
  • Meals consist of various foods providing a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients:
    • A daily lunch menu should integrate no less than 10 types of food and be balanced with an appropriate ratio of the four food groups: providing carbohydrates (Glucides), providing proteins (Protides), providing fatty acids (Lipids), and providing vitamins and minerals.
    • Meat (seafood/poultry/livestock) and leafy and non-leafy vegetables are properly used: one type of seafood per day with 3-5 varieties of vegetables. 
  • The nutrition specialists from the National Institute of Nutrition offer Sakura Montessori advice on menus and dietary quantities that are nutrition-balanced and age-appropriate. 
  • The dishes of a meal are cooked in different ways (frying/roasting/stir-frying/boiling/stewing/poaching/casseroling/etc.). Food is chopped into small chunks and cooked appropriately (chopped vegetables, ground meat/shrimp/fish/chicken).  
  • No MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), broth mix, genetically modified foods, or processed foods such as sausages, hams, etc. are used; fried or greasy foods are minimized.
  • The dedicated chefs preparing the meals for the children have years of experience serving school kitchens and constantly look for chances to innovate and diversify dishes, culinary methods, and food displays.  
  • Bread, cakes, cream puffs, etc. are all made by the chefs of Sakura Montessori in compliance with the food safety and hygiene regulations.
  • Meals not only energize the children’s bodies but also serve as opportunities to learn about the diversity of cultures, interchange and acquire knowledge, and ultimately, be satisfied and enjoy eating good food. 
  • The school places emphasis not only on providing the children nutritious meals but also on guiding them through healthy dietary habits, eating manners, and nutrition education through culinary activities.

Menu samples at Sakura Montessori

If you are interested in learning what a menu offered at Sakura Montessori International Schools looks like, below are some samples for your reference:

 

(Menu for 0-3 age group) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
BREAKFAST  Beef noodle soup

Yogurt

Crab paste vermicelli noodle soup

Yakult milk

 

Shrimp and leafy vegetable congee

Cheese

Clear rice noodle soup with squid patties and vegetables

Yogurt

Soumen noodles with ground pork

Yakult milk

LUNCH Fish and vegetable congee

Watermelon

Siamese duck and vegetable congee

Sweet tangerine

Pork and leafy vegetable congee

American apple

Pork and non-leafy vegetable congee

Banana

 

Beef and leafy vegetable congee

Orange

AFTERNOON SNACK Dorayaki

TH milk

Macaroni stir-fry with egg and vegetables

TH milk

Chicken vermicelli noodle soup with pork balls

TH milk

Fish soup

Orange juice

Fish roe and vegetable sushi rolls

TH milk 

 

(Menu for 3-6 age group) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
BREAKFAST  Beef noodle soup

Yogurt

Crab paste vermicelli noodle soup

Yakult milk

 

Shrimp and leafy vegetable congee

Cheese

Clear rice noodle soup with squid patties and vegetables

Yogurt

Soumen noodles with ground pork

Yakult milk

LUNCH Fried fish with tomato sauce

Assorted vegetables stir-fry

Sweet leaf soup with pork balls

Rice

Watermelon

Ginger fried Siamese duck

Cabbage with mushroom sauce

Vegetables and pork bone stew

Rice

Sweet tangerine

Braised pork with tofu

Garlicky water spinach stir-fry

Gourd and clam soup

American apple

Meatballs

Steamed pumpkin

Red spinach and pork soup

Rice

Banana

 

Seaweed salad

Sumashi soup

Steamed zucchini

Rice

Orange

AFTERNOON SNACK Dorayaki

TH milk

Macaroni stir-fry with egg and vegetables

TH milk

Chicken vermicelli noodle soup with pork balls

TH milk

Fish soup

Orange juice

Fish roe and vegetable sushi rolls

TH milk 

*Note: The menus vary monthly/seasonally without affecting the nutritional quality.

The attention to the school diet and nutrition aimed at the students’ strengthened physical growth will give each child the opportunity to develop in a safe and sustainable way. With its properly designed nutrition program, Sakura Montessori is committed to offering children appropriate dietary intakes, instilling a culinary fascination in them, and being dedicated to a healthy generation. In the future, the school will continue standardizing its menus in line with the “School Organic Menus” to fulfill its goal of enhancing the students’ comprehensive physical growth.  

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