Nourishing Food

Nutrition is a focal point at Lilac Sea because we know that well-nourished children are able to direct more energy toward imaginative play, creativity and learning when they are not lacking essential nutrients in their diets. In addition, children whose diets are well-balanced to include sufficient vitamins and minerals needed for optimal growth and development, tend to have less health and behavioral problems. We believe in a holistic approach to eating by seeking balance, wholeness, and variety. The focus is not placed on any one particular diet, but instead on the importance of consuming whole, unprocessed, unrefined, and organic foods, and limiting sugar.

Knowing that healthy eating habits are best learned at a young age, children at Lilac Sea are introduced to an array of nutrient-dense foods such as pasture-raised meat and butter, bone broth, organ meats, seafood, eggs, and cultured and fermented foods. With a constantly changing menu, children become familiar with a large assortment of vegetables, herbs, grains, and proteins and discover the satisfying foods that their growing bodies crave. Children are encouraged to participate in food preparation whenever possible  by joining in activities such as attending to the vegetable garden, making bread, and grinding seeds. Every effort is made to prepare meals entirely from scratch to ensure the highest quality of nutrients.

Traditional Cooking

All of the meals at Lilac Sea are prepared using wholesome and organic ingredients, purchased from local Farmer's Markets whenever possible. Grass-fed, pastured meat and wild-caught fish are served weekly. Grain products are carefully chosen to ensure proper digestion and are either soaked, sprouted, or made with a sourdough starter. Fermented and cultured foods are served several times throughout the week in order to maintain a healthy gut. 

Fresh Vegetable in Basket

Sample Meals 

Wild-caught salmon with sprouted rice and vegetables 

Zucchini noodles with grass-fed beef and homemade tomato sauce

Pastured pork and organs red chili

Chicken salad sandwiches with homemade mayonnaise on sourdough

Wild-caught mahi-mahi tacos with fermented salsa and crème fraîche


Sourdough crust pizza 

* Lilac Sea acknowledges that some children may have allergies and/or restrictions to certain foods on our menu. Due to the small size of our program, we are not able to accommodate diets that differ considerably from what we serve. However, parents are permitted to bring healthy snacks and lunches for their child as a replacement.