15 Jan Healthy meals at GOTS
“Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice.”
That tongue-in-cheek advice from popular British food writer and television presenter Mary Berry could be applied to the food served at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS).
The international school in Shah Alam is an advocate of healthy eating as nutritious meals, served twice a day, are offered to scholars for a minimal fee.
But, while eating healthy is important, GOTS is not shy about giving its scholars sweet rewards from time to time.
Founder Veronica Shepherdson says: “Our caterer has strict instructions to only deliver healthy food to our three schools – pre-primary, primary and secondary.
“At GOTS we believe in giving our scholars the most nutritious meals possible.”
She says this is because what children eat today can have a huge impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood.
Eating food containing important nutrients helps them grow and is essential for their mental and physical development.
Research has shown that the seven best foods to help brain development in children are eggs, Greek yoghurt, greens, fish, nuts and seeds, oatmeal, and fruits such as apples and plums.
How you cook the meals is also important.
Scrambled and hard or soft boiled eggs are better than the fried variety.
Fish is a good source of vitamin D and Omega-3 which impede declining mental skills and memory loss.
Grilling fish is the preferred option and this is something GOTS’ caterers do.
“When the caterer gave us its menu there were two types – a standard one with more fried stuff and a healthier version where the food is mostly baked, grilled or steamed,” says Shepherdson.
“We opted for the latter. Having said that, it does not mean the scholars do not get sweet treats or fried chicken.
“I enjoy desserts too but everything must be in moderation,” she adds.
Keen to know more about the healthy and delicious meals served to scholars at GOTS?
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