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In Jamaica, the land is just as vibrant and full of life as its people. This is especially true when it comes to the rich array of fruits and vegetables that flourish in our fertile soil. During Nutrition Week at Sun City Wonderland Daycare, we celebrate the power of these local superfoods by incorporating them into fun, child-friendly recipes that not only taste delicious but also pack a nutritional punch. Here’s how we get our little ones excited about eating healthily with the natural bounty of Jamaica.


The Power of Jamaican Superfoods

Jamaica is home to a plethora of superfoods, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. From the mighty breadfruit to the versatile ackee, and the sweet, energy-boosting power of our bananas, these foods are not just staples of our diet; they are pillars of our health. By teaching children about these foods and their benefits, we lay the foundation for healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.


Fun with Fruits

One of the best ways to get children excited about nutrition is through the sweet and natural taste of fruit. This week, we introduce them to the delights of mangoes, pineapples, and papayas. We turn these fruits into smiley face salads, freeze them into refreshing popsicles, or blend them into smoothies. These activities are not just fun; they allow children to experience the joy of making and enjoying food that is good for them.


Vegetable Voyages

Vegetables might be a hard sell for young palates, but not when they’re presented in creative and engaging ways. We take the kids on a “vegetable voyage” with callaloo, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins, transforming them into playful dishes like callaloo-stuffed patties, sweet potato mash with a twist, or pumpkin fritters. Hands-on cooking experiences help children understand where their food comes from and the importance of including vegetables in their diet.


The Spice of Life

Jamaican cuisine is renowned for its use of spices, and Nutrition Week is the perfect time to introduce the little ones to the flavors that make our food unique. We explore the smells and tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, using them in child-friendly recipes that are not just tasty but also tell the story of our island’s culinary traditions.


Storytime with Superfoods

We bring the world of Jamaican superfoods to life with storytime sessions that feature folk tales and new stories centered around our nutritious local produce. Through these tales, we teach lessons about health, culture, and the environment.



Nutrition Week at Sun City Wonderland Daycare is about more than just eating well; it’s about celebrating our culture and the natural gifts of our land. It’s about showing our children that food is not just fuel; it’s a way to connect with our heritage, our community, and the earth. By the end of the week, we hope to have sown the seeds of a lifetime love for the superfoods of Jamaica, and a deep appreciation for the role they play in growing healthy bodies and minds.

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