Nutrition in the LuckyKids children’s summer camp

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What is the nutritional regimen of the kids in the camp

Healthy and complete nutrition is an integral part of the concept of the LuckyKids children‘s language camp. The special menu prepared by the chef of LuckyBansko SPA & Relax hotel  *****, is varied and balanced to provide children with the energy they need for education, games and entertainment. Vegetables and fruits are present daily in the menu, and morning orange juice is a must.

Nutrition includes the following types of food:

  • Tender meat (organic chicken, veal and fish),
  • Organic fruits and vegetables combined with rich imagination and served with a great deal of taste so to satisfy even the highest requirements.

Nutrition in the LuckyKids language camp is organized in a way that stimulates the formation of proper eating habits and teaches children to consciously take care of themselves by consuming healthy foods.

The daily menu includes: breakfast, light snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.

Children following a specialized regimen

All kids on a special diet will receive food according to their diet. The parents fill in a special questionnaire related to the health condition of the child, specifying the foods that are forbidden and the indicating the foods that are recommended for the child. We meet even the most specific requirements related to the nutrition. A vegetarian, vegan, a child with lactose intolerance or an allergy will receive food that is consistent with their diet.

A gluten-free diet for children in the camp

Questions like this are becoming more and more popular due to the definition of various health problems related to the consumption of foods with/without gluten! Gluten intolerance is present in 1-2 percent of the planet’s population.

Gluten-free diets are generally aimed at people who are intolerant to a particular type of protein; eating food that contain gluten, which is the case with most cereals, is related to digestive problems, developing inflammatory processes in the gastrointestinal tract, weakening of the immune system.

Supporters of the gluten-free diet are of the opinion that a variety of delicious dishes can be prepared without the traditional products that contain gluten, for example, banana bread or gluten-free pancakes.

Gluten intolerance and allergies, symptoms

Gluten intolerance can be recognized by a number of signs. However, it usually takes a while to define the nature of the health problem.  The problem is that it is necessary to gather symptoms and manifestations that to be associated with the absorption of gluten. Here are some of the most common symptoms: frequent constipation, diarrhea, bloating and flatulence, the “chicken skin”syndrome – rough and small rashes on the extremities, fatigue, weakness after consumption of food that contain gluten.

Gluten-free foods, gluten-free products (safe)

If the child has to observe a gluten-free diet, we will make it happen by removing all doughy temptations – cakes, banitsa, croissants, and so on.

Here are some of the foods that do not contain gluten and the child can safely consume in the camp:

  • Meat
  • Fish and eggs
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Fruits and vegetables – fresh, plant oils.

Nutrition for the kids in the camp – diabetics

The specific diet of the diabetic patients depends on the type of insulin preparations and pharmacogenetics – the nutrition is consistent with the insulin regimen and is always strictly individual. It can be said that the nutrition of diabetic children is the healthiest one. In pediatrics it is determined by the specific needs of children of different age groups – for 4 year –olds and for 16-year-olds, the amount of food is not the same. In fact, there are no forbidden foods for them.

It is necessary to reduce to minimum the amount of fast-acting carbohydrate foods – these include sugar, honey and white flour. The consumption of rice, potatoes and corn should be monitored according to the bread units that are measured individually for each patient.  It is very important for the kids to eat 6 times a day, with an interval of 3 hours between meals.

Little Chef in LuckyKids

Camp‘s sample nutritional regimen for a 10 year old child

  • Breakfast 7 a.m.: Two slices of black bread, 30 gr, 5 gr butter, 20 gr cheese, 15 gr yellow cheese, 20 gr sausage, olives, 100 ml fresh milk with 2% fat, a quarter of cucumber.  
  • Breakfast snack 10 a.m.: ½ bread slice, 1 egg, 1/2 apple
  • Lunch 12 p.m.: 2-2,5 bread slices, 150 ml vegetable soup, 200 gr cooked meat, salad – without limitation
  • Afternoon snack 16 p.m.: Sandwich with yellow cheese
  • Dinner 19 p..m: 1,5 bread slice, grilled fish, garniture of potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Late dinner 22 p.m.: 1 bread slice, 150 gr yoghurt with 2% fat.

Nutrition for children with epilepsy

The ketogenic diet is the best option for children suffering from epilepsy, but it can be done only in hospital. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the organism of the child and in general, and the principle of this diet is increased consumption of fat, low protein intake and very low carbohydrate intake.

That is why in the LuckyKids children’s summer camp we can take into account the specifics of this diet and prepare it in advance if there is a request by the parents.

Nutritional regimen for children with gastrointestinal problems

Gastrointestinal problems are very unpleasant. If the kid has such a condition it may be accompanied by pain, heartburn, spasms, burning and nausea. Apart from the traditional treatment prescribed by a physician, stomach problems may be soothed with the help of some suitable foods.

Bananas

The texture of bananas is soft, like a gruel, so it is very suitable for stomach upset. Bananas contain enormous amount of pectin that affects positively the stomach. In addition, bananas improve the intestinal function and reduce the acidity.

Peeled apples

The peels of the apples are difficult to digest, so it is not advisable to consume them when the stomach is upset. But if peeled, the apple is very beneficial in case of stomach pain and spasms, because it is rich in pectin. As mentioned above, pectin has a soothing effect on the stomach, so it is recommended for such problems.

Rice

Rice does not irritate the stomach and in case of gastrointestinal problems is often the most recommended food. White rice is refined, which makes it easy to digest. The starch contained in it sticks to the mucosa of the stomach and thus reduces the pain. If you suffer from diarrhea, rice will help. It absorbs the excess water in the intestines and regulates the diarrhea.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt contains beneficial bacteria that are useful for gastrointestinal problems. They neutralize the causes of spasms and pain, thus soothing the stomach. Moreover, the stomach problems are often accompanied by bloating and heaviness in the abdominal area. Yoghurt consumption relieves this problem.  

Mint tea

Good old mint tea is part of our traditional medicine. Its soothing properties are known for centuries and they have a positive effect on the stomach. When a child has slight stomach pain we give him a warm mint tea, of course, after a consultation with a specialist.