Complete Guide of Breakfast Ideas for the New CACFP Meal Requirements for Childcare
Do you need inspiration to come up with great breakfast ideas for your new childcare menu? Here are a few that might spark some ideas in your head and make your meal planning easier for the new CACFP meal requirements in October, 2017. Click here to see them.
Breakfast for childcare programs on the CACFP should include:
Vegetables and/or Fruit
With the changes coming in October, 2017, we will be able to serve a meat or meat alternate in place of the grain up to three days per week so this increases our breakfast ideas for childcare.
Here are the meal pattern requirements and serving sizes.
Meat/meat alternate breakfast ideas for childcare
Milk, sausage patty and apples
Milk, sausage patty and peaches
Milk, sausage patty and cucumber slices
Milk, cottage cheese and pears
Milk, cottage cheese and fruit cocktail
Milk, scrambled eggs and tomatoes
Milk, scrambled eggs and spinach
Milk, fried eggs and grapes
Milk, boiled eggs and cherries
Milk, yogurt and berries
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Grain breakfast ideas for childcare
(Serving a whole grain cereal for breakfast, that will cover your whole grain requirement for the day)
Milk, cereal and carrot sticks
Milk, cereal and peaches
Milk, cereal and pears
(Some approved cereals include: Best choice: Bran Flakes, Corn Crisps, Frosted Shredded Wheat, Happy O’s, Nutty Nuggets, Rice Crisps and Wheat Crisps, Great Value: Bran Flakes, Corn Flakes, Crunchy Oat Squares, Shredded Wheat, Toasted Corn, Toasted Rice, Toasted Wheat and Toasted Whole Grain Oats, Frosted Mini Wheats, Frosted Mini Wheat Little Bites, Plain Mini Wheats, Plain Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios, Complete All-Bran, Fiber One, Shredded Wheat, Frosted Mini Spooners, Blueberry and Strawberry, Grape Nuts, Grape Nuts Flakes, Alpha Bits, Whole Grain Honey Bunches of Oats plain, almond and vanilla, Kix, Berry Kix, Honey Kix, Total, Plain Life, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Wheaties)
(Serving whole grain hot cereals will cover your whole grain requirement for the day)
Milk, oatmeal and raisins
(Click here to see how to make your own flavored oatmeal to save you money)
Milk, cream of wheat and carrot sticks
Milk, cooked brown rice and berries
Milk, whole wheat biscuits and apples
Milk, whole wheat toast and peaches
Milk, whole wheat bagels and oranges
Milk, whole wheat English muffins and grapefruit
Milk, whole wheat pancakes and cherry tomatoes
Milk, whole wheat croissants and carrot sticks
Milk, whole wheat waffle and pineapple
Milk, whole wheat muffins and watermelon
Milk, whole wheat banana bread and kiwi
You can see these are not the only meals you can serve, but they might get you thinking of all the things you can make for your kids to eat in childcare. Click here to check out how to navigate the new CACFP requirements for childcare meals.
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