We offer plant-based snacks, side dishes and drinks because it’s a simple way to help children eat less processed food.
Plant-based foods can help us make a smaller impact on the environment around us, even if it’s just for one meal and one snack a day at school. Every little choice can add up to making a difference in our world!
Teaching healthy eating at an early age can have a positive effect on a child’s eating habits for the rest of their life!
We provide a complete snack in the morning which includes a protein, a carb, a fruit and water. Snack options may include items like fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut butters, bread and crackers. We also bake fresh snacks at school on a regular basis such as muffins, scones, bread and more!
At lunch we provide a fruit, two vegetables and the choice of water or plant-based milk. Parents are asked to provide the main dish for their child at lunch. We ask that this option be one that is plant-based or vegetarian (meaning it can contain dairy or eggs). We are able to warm up lunches for the children, and we always transfer food into microwave-safe containers.
We use all organic foods whenever possible and strive to provide healthy and filling choices for our children.
What Difference Does One Meal Make?
- 194,667 gallons of water
- 772 pounds of carbon emissions
Eating two plant-based meals a day for a year will save:
- 389,344 gallons of water
- 1543 pounds of carbon emissions
Eating three plant-based meals a day for a year will save:
- 584,100 gallons of water
- 2315 pounds of carbon emissions
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of eating more plant-based meals? Below are a list of our favorite resources, and you can always reach out and talk with us about any questions you might have!
Main Dish Ideas
Here are some fun and easy main dish ideas:
- hummus & carrots, bread or chips
- peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- noodles and sauce
- tofu, veggies and rice
- macaroni and cheese
- rice and seaweed (wrapped, etc)
- hard boiled eggs
- meat substitutes
- leftovers from last night’s dinner
Math and Science Skills
Did you know that when we bake and make snacks the children learn about:
- filling and dumping (spatial relations)
- cause and effect
- chemical reactions (why baking soda and vinegar make a cake rise)
- using deductive reasoning to observe, investigate, and predict
- reading and following a recipe
- social interactions, taking turns or offering to help a friend
Is OCP a vegan school?
We are a vegan school, choosing to use only non-animal products in our meals and in our environment.