We believe in creating a safe healthy space for children. We all know that good indoor air quality can reduce or prevent asthma attacks; organic, additive-free, healthy foods can enhance immunity and prevent some behavior issues; and that chemicals such as BPA, BPS, phthalates, and Triclosan (found in children’s products from toys to hand soaps) can affect the developing hormone systems.
At Smarties we use only all-natural and non-toxic diapers, lotions, soaps, and cleaning supplies. We use organic mineral sunscreen made with non-nano zinc oxide (which means that it is NOT absorbed into the skin) to keep your little ones protected from both the sun and harmful chemicals.
Smarties Academy is committed to:
Children 12 months and older are served breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Infants 6 to 12 months follow a food introduction plan which teachers and parents coordinate on when the family is ready to introduce solid foods.
Smarties Academy recognizes the strong link between healthy, active bodies and minds. We take great care in our menu planning purchasing only natural, organic foods and focusing on seasonal selections from local sources whenever possible.
We also follow principles for feeding for immunity. Each day’s menu provides nutrients that help boost the children’s immune systems and promote health and wellness.
We purchase food from local farmers that deliver seasonal fruits, vegetables, and foods directly to Smarties Academy. We also shop at healthier grocers such as the DeKalb Farmers Market and Whole Foods for a variety of organic products including dairy, cheese, pasta, and produce for our meals.
We buy grains such as whole wheat, barley, oats, amaranth, and rye from a farm in Kennesaw Georgia, and mill our grains in-house each day to make pancakes, waffles, breads, muffins, granola, and breakfast cereals.
Smarties use healthy sweeteners such as honey sourced from a local beekeeper, Suconut, maple syrup, and use absolutely nothing artificial – no products with High Fructose Corn Syrup, no colors or dyes, no artificial or natural flavors of any kind. Only approved snacks and treats can be brought in by parents for birthday treats.
All meals are made fresh in-house, daily, by a trained chef, and delivered hot to each classroom. We constantly search out and modify recipes that call for only the freshest ingredients, healthy whole grains, and update the menu monthly.
Sample Menu for Children 12 Months & Up
Sample Menu for Children 12 Months & Up
Meals served at Smarties are based on the following principles:
We take food allergies very seriously so please discuss with us if your child has any special dietary needs.
8:30 – 9:00 am
|Pancakes with Pears. Milk||Oatmeal with apricot sauce. Milk||French toast with chocolate pudding. Milk||oached egg on an English muffin. Milk||Banana yogurt. Milk|
11:30 – 12:30 pm
|Black bean burgers, Multigrain bun, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumber. Milk||Pizza with black olives, spinach.
Fruit cup. Milk
|Chicken nuggets, Baked sweet potatoes, Steamed green beans, Quinoa. Milk||Tomato and lentil soup, Pita bread, Fruit cup. Milk||Beef stew, Brown Rice, Steamed green beans. Milk|
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Cheese and Apples. Water
|Almond muffins and Melon. Water||Red pepper hummus with celery sticks. Water||Mango, banana, coconut smoothie. water||Pinto bean dip and carrots. water|
Milk – whole milk for 1-year-old, 2% for 2 years old and up We offer almond, rice, and coconut milk for children with allergies.
Fruit cup – we chose seasonal and local fruits.
Pancakes – freshly milled flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, olive oil, eggs, buttermilk, pears.
Black bean burgers – sweet potatoes, olive oil, onion, celery, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cilantro, black beans, multigrain bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, apples.
Oatmeal with apricot sauce – rolled oats, milk, local honey, chia seeds, apricots.
Pizza with black olives, spinach- freshly milled flour, olive oil, local honey, salt, egg, lecithin, flax seeds, yeast, tomato sauce, yogurt cheese, black olives, and spinach Almond muffin – almond flour, avocado oil, agave, vanilla, egg, baking powder.
French toast- multigrain bread, eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon.
Chocolate pudding- bananas, avocado, local honey, dark chocolate powder.
Chicken nuggets. Baked sweet potatoes, steamed green beans, and orzo pasta – chicken breast, egg, panko bread crumbs, sweet potatoes, olive oil, green beans, quinoa.
Red pepper hummus with celery sticks – red bell pepper, olive oil, garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper.
Poached egg on English muffin – eggs, multigrain English muffin.
Tomato and lentil soup – red lentils, olive oil, carrots, tomato pure, celery root, parsnips, leeks, pita bread.
Mango banana coconut smoothie – mangos, bananas, coconut milk.
Banana yogurt- sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, bananas, yogurt, local honey.
Beef stew, brown rice, steamed green beans – beef, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, onion, carrots, parsnip, red potatoes, bay leaves, diced tomatoes, brown rice, and green beans.
Pinto bean dip – pinto bean, olive oil, tahini, zest of lemon, garlic, kale, lemon juice, salt, pepper, steamed carrots.