If you haven’t heard about the mother who was fined for not providing a balanced meal for her child at day care, here are some articles to get you up to speed.
“Despite the fact that a potato is not defined as a grain, registered dietician Susan Watson said that it is a fine substitute.
“There are many starchy vegetables such as potatoes that work in our bodies like a grain,” said the Winnipeg-based dietician. “Canada’s Food Guide is a really good basic tool, but I think you need education on how to use it.” Instead of issuing “fines,” Watson said that education and consultation is needed to help teach staff how to identify a healthy lunch.
“It’s difficult when the people who are doing the ‘fining’ are not dieticians themselves,” she said, stating that having a consultation with a dietician would be a good idea for daycare centres.
Here is the original post on Yoni Freedhoff blog Weighty Matters that brought this to my attention.
Needless to say, the day care is no longer issuing fines for unhealthy meals. They have moved to a hot lunch alternative. Thank goodness because Ritz crackers are not a healthy substitute for a grain serving!