March 14, 2019

New mindful breakfast options added at Children's Hospital

By Tavia Smith

Employees and visitors who eat breakfast at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will be getting a few new menu options.

New Sodexo Mindful recipes will be introduced on Monday, March 18 in the Children’s Hospital dining area. The recipes will provide healthier food options.

 “This is part of a staff health and wellness initiative,” said Sarah Mays, a lead administrative assistant at the Children’s Hospital and member of the Food Advisory Board.  “We wanted to add more mindful options with a dose of freshness and variety.”

Eight new recipes will be featured, and a chef will prepare one new menu item per week. That item will run for the whole week.  

The eight recipes that will be added are:

  • Sriracha steak omelet with roasted potatoes
  • Asian breakfast taco
  • Mango pineapple smoothie bowl
  • Very berry smoothie bowl
  • Breakfast Grain and sautéed banana bowl
  • Mindful morning sandwich and fresh fruit
  • Johnny Appleseed whole wheat pancakes
  • Veggie and cheese frittata sandwich

The feature menu item of the week will be advertised in the cafeteria with nutritional information.

While the options will change, the price difference will be minimal.

“The mission of the Food Advisory Council is to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice.  We want to make sure that while the usual favorites are available, there is still an option to make a healthy choice.  This is especially important for staff who work here five days per week and depend on convenient and affordable meals.”

The launch is centered around National Nutrition Month.

“National Nutrition Month is being celebrated across the organization.  This time of year coincides with efforts to fulfill New Years resolutions, eating healthier and making lifestyle changes," Mays said.  "We want to support staff wellness and provide the ability to make good nutritional choices.”

Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Children’s Hospital dining area.

For more information about Mindful by Sodexo visit