Bright Eyes Daycare & Early Learning Center nutrition starts with a well balanced meal and snack plan that encourages healthy eating at a young age.
During both lunch and snack, children experience proper table manners and mealtime etiquette. All ages, except for infants, eat in our cafeteria. Teachers enjoy the silly conversations and topics the kiddos share during this time.
After years of made-from-scratch healthy lunches, we could not help but still notice the aggressively changing needs in diets, allergies, and preferences for an even more progressive and inclusive approach for healthier nutritional lifestyles. In recognition of this shift, we began the journey of now exclusively serving vegetarian lunches.
Going vegetarian means addressing the need for your child to receive the protein they need for fueling their growing body and mind. For us, this means serving milk every day, more days with freshly made yogurt, and more main dishes with; eggs, lentils, beans, quinoa, oats, cheese, etc. Protein is also consumed through our fresh fruit & vegetable sides, in addition to the two daily snacks.
We believe our vegetarian meals encourage children to expand their palette preferences and encouraging them to become a more adventurous eater! The bean burgers are a HUGE hit!
Along with this more inclusive culinary leap forward, Bright Eyes began a partnership with local personal chef, Chef Ellen, for professionally preparing our lunches. Chef Ellen graduated in 2018 from the Auguste Escoffier School for Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado. Rooted in Sioux Falls, she moved home shortly after graduation and began Chef Ellen: Personal Chef Services.
Chef Ellen has a store located near 69th & Western, so you too can have chef prepared meals to-go! Stop in to experience her culinary point of view.
Bright Eyes serves prepackaged snacks that are carefully selected with the goal of eliminating (or at the very least greatly minimizing) the amount of corn syrup, food dyes and food additives. We believe that the lesser the amount of ingredients that goes into a snack, the better!
While shopping for snacks, we like to ask ourselves, “would this be more appropriate served as a dessert?” If the answer is “yes”, then we leave it on the store shelf.
Another way Bright Eyes supports a more sustainable and healthy future for our children is by serving Burbach's Countryside Dairy milk (1% and whole for the mobiles) and yogurt.
Burbach’s milk & yogurt comes from a Hartington, NE. Burbach’s milk does not get hauled in tankers and does not wait several days to be bottled, but instead their milk is delivered to Bright Eyes often within a day after being produced. The glass bottles their milk comes in helps preserve the yummy and natural fresh taste. Unlike paper cartons and plastic, glass imparts no foreign flavor or odors. The bottles are exchanged every week for recycling.
Burbach’s milk is also produced without the use of artificial hormones. The children can taste the difference and they LOVE it! Click HERE for a list of locations proudly supporting Burbach's products.
Parents must notify Bright Eyes Daycare of any dietary restrictions. Reasonable accommodations are made for snacks as it pertains to allergies. For lunches, parents are required to provide a self contained cold lunch if our scheduled meal conflicts with their child's dietary needs.
Infants are held while bottle-feeding (NO "bottle propping"). Parents must provide formula and baby food until their child is ready for whole (or 1%) milk and / or water and food solids.
Bright Eyes Daycare encourages breast-feeding and has appropriate refrigeration / freezer JUST for that purpose. Mom is welcome to visit anytime for that special bond that only breast-feeding can provide.