Happy, healthy kids reaching their potential. We all want this for our children. As parents, we can help our kids achieve this by encouraging a love of good food and good nutrition from an early age. Importantly, growing bodies need the right mix of fuel and nutrients to be the best they can possibly be. Well-nourished children have more energy, greater concentration and less illness. An eating pattern that includes a variety of foods from across the food groups will provide children with the range of nutrients they need.
- Eating plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits and lots of breads and cereals (preferably wholegrain), including rice, pasta and noodles
- Consuming lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives
- Enjoying milk, yogurt, cheese (reduced-fat varieties are suitable for children over 2 years)
- Drinking plenty of water
As one of the core food groups, dairy foods are a good source of calcium and contain 9 other essential nutrients. Three serves of dairy every day will ensure children get most of the calcium they need for building strong bones. A serve of dairy might be a glass of milk, 40g (or 2 slices) of cheese or a tub of yogurt. You’ll find many other great ways of including dairy in your children’s day throughout this recipe book.
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