Nutrition program

Many children have severe or life-threatening peanut allergies. We don’t serve peanuts, peanut butter, or any other products that contain peanuts or peanut oil. Please do not bring these items from home.

We serve a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack daily to support children as they learn and grow.

Nutrition guidelines

Children are more likely to make healthy food choices if they’re exposed to delicious and nutritious foods. We follow current USDA recommendations and buy organic food as often as possible.

We emphasize:

  • low-fat (no trans-fats);
  • low-sugar (no high fructose corn syrup);
  • whole grains;
  • fresh fruits and vegetables;
  • low-fat, hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products;
  • non-peanut nut butters; and
  • frequent opportunities to take part in preparing food from scratch.

Food from home

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, food prepared at home may not be served to students. If you’d like to bring a snack for your child’s class, please bring commercially prepared food or arrange with their teacher to make something at school.

Please consider our nutrition guidelines when choosing a snack to share. Because many parents restrict their children’s sugar intake, we discourage sugary treats. Please contact the Lab School director for a list of suggested healthy snacks.

Special dietary needs

Please let teachers know about any special dietary needs at your pre-admission visit. If your child’s diet is seriously limited, we may request that you provide snacks for your child.