Our food

All Little Forest Folk all our food is healthy and nutritious. We give our children a balanced diet with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, with meals made up of locally and seasonally sourced food whenever possible. Homemade cakes are available as treats and on cold days a delicious warming hot chocolate is served around the campfire.  Menus are designed and cooked by our chef Becky Beasley.


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Learning about food

We want to teach children more about healthy lifestyles and encourage the adoption of healthy eating.

Understanding the importance of nutrition is easier if  children have been active participants in food preparation from a young age and if allowed to take opportunities to ask questions about what constitutes a healthy balanced diet. That's why we began our weekly cooking lessons at each of our nurseries!


Eating in the forest

Children's morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are always served in our forest site. Children will of course wash hands carefully before eating as they learn the importance of hygiene.

Lunches in colder weather are usually soups which are fantastically warming and offer an easy way to get lots of vegetables into the children without them realising they are eating something very healthy!

Bread is provided with the soup and when possible this will be cooked over a campfire by your child! All fires will be lit, managed and supervised by our Forest School qualified staff.

If you have any concerns with your child’s eating habits, please let us know, although you’d be surprised how well a child who is fussy at home will eat with us!

Water is available at all times throughout the day.  In colder weather we will also have warm drinks available, including homemade spiced teas and the occasional hot chocolate! In summer, we will also have healthy and homemade ice lollies.


Our menu

Note: our menus change seasonally

Cooking lessons: The children cook their own dinners on Mondays at our Chiswick nursery and on Thursdays at our Wimbledon nursery

 

 

MONDAY

Breakfast
Muesli or porridge

Morning snack
Oat and cinnamon cookies
Fresh / dried fruit

Lunch
Roasted marinated sweet pepper and butter bean dip
blended with extra virgin olive oil
Breadsticks and crudités. 

Afternoon snack
Oatcakes
Fresh / dried fruit

Dinner
Cooking class Chiswick
Cauliflower and broccoli pasta bake
With cheddar cheese

 

TUESDAY

Breakfast
Muesli or porridge

Morning snack
Cheese & linseed pinwheels
Fresh / dried fruit

Lunch
Mixed vegetable & pulse soup
Bread rolls – granary, wholemeal or multigrain

Afternoon snack
Oatcakes
Fresh / dried fruit

Dinner
Mexican style sweetcorn
Veggie tacos with cheddar cheese

 

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast
Muesli or porridge

Morning snack
Rosewater butter biscuits
Fresh / dried fruit

Lunch
Chickpea houmous with extra virgin olive oil
Lemon juice & fresh herbs
Crudités and pitta bread 

Afternoon snack
Oatcakes
Fresh / dried fruit

Dinner
Thai inspired coconut and salmon curry
Vegetables & rice

 

THURSDAY

Breakfast
Muesli or porridge

Morning snack
Cheese & linseed pinwheels
Fresh / dried fruit

Lunch
Slow cooked Haricot beans in homemade tomato sauce
Grated cheddar cheese and bread rolls

Afternoon snack
Oatcakes
Fresh / dried fruit

Dinner
Cooking class Wimbledon
Roast chicken
Couscous and sweet red pepper

 

FRIDAY

Breakfast
Muesli or porridge

Morning snack
Rosewater butter biscuits
Fresh / dried fruit

Lunch:
Pasta salad with Feta cheese, olives, petit pois,
fresh herbs and a lemon dressing

Afternoon snack
Oatcakes
Fresh / dried fruit

Dinner
Moroccan spiced sweet potato,
chickpea and lamb stew.