Nutrition

NutritionThe Thinkers.inq Food Program

We will never grow as fast as we do the first five years of our life! It stands to reason that we echo this incredible developmental stage with the best nourishment possible, supporting our children’s growth – mind and body – with deep nutrition. Thinkers.inq food will:

• always be ‘nasties free’ – no numbers, no artificial colouring, no preservatives, sulphites or msg
• always be balanced and provide steady energy
• always be nutritionist approved
• always be made with fresh ingredients
• always be low sugar, making use of natural sweetness of fruits – nature’s lollies!
• be organic where possible, including meats

Our food program will be one that supports our children in both mind and body, giving them slow burning steady fuel snacks. Everyday children will enjoy hearty deliciousness at lunch time and special “real food” treats. At every turn the ingredients used serve to nourish and build robust health and enhance their being, becoming and belonging.

We also understand the high level of food intolerances today and have created menus to support these needs. Our menus for those ordering through Thinkers.inq will:

• Support strengthening the body
• Always be gluten free at the main lunch meal
• Nut free
• Dairy free and egg free options available every day

Our meals and snacks will be interesting and delicious, enabling children to appreciate food, enjoy it, be mindful eaters and explore new tastes often. Our food will be highly nourishing, providing not only vitamins, but minerals, healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates.

Each quarter we will hold a tasting with the parents and an information night with our food program designer, Alexx Stuart and nutritionist Kate Johnston of Kore Wellbeing. These evenings will serve to share tips for home on nourishing meals, nutrition tips as well as provide a sample of what the little ones enjoy during their day to day at Thinkers.inq.

To have a fantastic day of creative and purposeful play, we want to steer clear of a big sugary start to the day. Did you know that a bowl of fruit and flake style cereal and a glass of orange juice, equates to half a kilo of sugar per week?

At our breakfast table you can expect…

  • Chocolate chia banana puddings
  • Spelt toast with smashed avocado
  • Baby bircher muesli pots with coconut cream and blueberries
  • Ham and cheddar toasties
  • Vanilla Bean Yoghurt Pots with crunchy seed and coconut granola and strawberry chunks
  • Bacon and egg frittata cubes

As the children play and learn, we don’t want to feed an energy slump with something too high in sugar (for example, a big glass of apple juice has the same amount of sugar as a can of coke!). So for snacks, we will give them a selection of yummy, nourishing treats to enjoy that will carry them steadily through to their next main meal, be it lunch or dinner back at home.

What you can expect…

  • Fresh fruit and yoghurt
  • Fresh cut veggie sticks with a variety of dips (avocado, creamy beetroot, sweet potato, nut free pesto or hummus)
  • Apricot seed bars
  • Chocolate buckwheat bars
  • Pear and cinnamon muffins with butter
  • Banana coconut jellies or ice pop version in the summer time
  • Super crunchy energy fudge squares
  • Seed crackers and dip
  • Cheese biscuits

Lunch, being the main fuel of the day will also serve to allow our little learners to connect and share a meal together. The meals will be fun and always have an element where the children can be empowered to make choices. At our lunch table you can expect…

  • “Choose your own adventure” chicken soup, where bowls of cut and steamed carrot, zucchini, corn and pasta tubes will be provided and children will be able to add little bits of each to their broth and chicken bowl
  • Fish fingers with rainbow salad
  • Chicken nuggets with super strong muscle mash
  • Never Land Pirate Stew with frogs eyes (lamb stew with peas on top)
  • Clever Kids meat balls with trees and cheese
  • Sticky Pork meatballs with oodles of noodles
  • Choose your own adventure wraps – a selection of meats, grated veggies and cheese to allow the kids to explore their preferences, always having to choose a minimum of 4 things for their wraps, to be properly nourished by the fillings, rather than just ‘filled’ by the bread.

We are passionate about ensuring that Thinkers.inq children are given every opportunity to thrive and we proud to be integrating a food program that demonstrates that passion. We are equally passionate about supporting your efforts at home, with regular information nights, demonstrations and community recipe booklets, full of quick meal ideas and nourishment tips and tricks for fussy eaters!

Learning the benefits of wholesome food and mindful eating from an early age, sets people up for a life of great food choices. Australia is the No4 country in the world in regards to the growing obesity statistics and we believe that a bit of education and an abundance of real food is what our children need to thrive and be healthy.

“You don’t need no surveys. You don’t need no scientists to see the health problems and hear about the crap these poor kids are eating… You need real food. We need to collaborate to fix this. We need to be noisy. Every child deserves to know as a human right, where our food comes from”. Jamie Oliver.

Alexx Stuart
Food Program Designer, Thinkers.inq
Real Food movement, speaker and author

Apply now about enrolment or contact us to further discuss how we can help.

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Testimonials

Since sending our 3-year-old son to Thinkers.inq it has been wonderful to see his progress, they create a really positive environment for the kids! The learning strategies have supported his development and it is a pleasure to see his confidence and enthusiasm grow week on week. He is always excited to show and share with us the day’s activities. A great team that have created delightful surroundings accompanied by an excellent healthy food menu. We feel fortunate to be part of the Thinkers.inq family.

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Julie and Duncan    April 7, 2015   

I remember the sunny evening we visited Thinkers.inq. A space of possibility: colourful, creative and inspired. We absorbed a crafts corner with easels and brushes, a ‘corner store’, wooden furniture, cute picnic tables ready for pint-sized picnickers. Further inspection revealed the outdoor amphitheater, the organic gardens, fruit trees, handmade puzzles and high grade, integrated technology. No heavy reliance on plastic toys and ‘babysitting’ here!

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Tanya    April 2, 2015   

..I then heard about Thinkers.inq and from the first moment there I knew I had found what I was looking for our son. The family environment and warmth, the resources available, the inquiry based programming, the space and use of it and to just top it off the amazing healthy no ‘nasties’ food focus...

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Samantha    April 1, 2015