Children continue to learn new skills and ideas about food when eating outside the home. Preparing meals together is a great opportunity to give children positive messages about nutrition, such as ‘milk makes your bones strong’ or ‘bread gives you energy to play’.
OUR HEALTHY MEAL PLANS INCLUDE: VEGETABLES, FRUITS, DAIRY, LEAN POULTRY, OATS, WHOLEGRAIN, ORGANIC BREAD
Healthy snack suggestions
Snacks are an important part of a child’s food intake for energy and nutrients. What children eat is more important than when they eat. Children who snack on lollies and chips may not get all the nutrients needed for good health. Healthy snack suggestions include:
Treats are best kept for special occasions.
By this age, children can eat independently and enjoy the social aspects of eating. Having friends means eating out of home more. There may be an occasional meal at a fast food restaurant. They may go to a party with lots of sugary and fatty snacks. These things will do no harm as long as good nutrition is continued on most days. Food is an important part of special occasions for everyone and should be enjoyed. However, high energy treats are best kept for special occasions and are not recommended for lunch boxes.
Strict diets aren’t recommended.
Children grow at a steady rate during the kindergarten and early school years. Strict or low-fat diets are not recommended because children’s energy and nutrient needs are high. If you’re concerned about excessive weight gain, a good approach is to:
Children should be encouraged to be physically active from a young age. Physical activity helps children feel good and promotes a healthy appetite. For this age group, three hours per day of active play spread out over the day is recommended and only one hour or less of television or DVD watching. While formal sports aren’t necessary for fitness, children can benefit from your encouragement and guidance. Suggestions include:
Active children need plenty of fluids. Around three glasses of milk a day provides enough calcium for bone development; water should be encouraged at other times. Sweet drinks such as juice, soft drink or cordial are unnecessary in a child’s diet. Low-fat milk can be combined with fresh fruits for a smoothie as a great afternoon snack.
Food tips for growing children
General suggestions include:
Things to remember
At Planet Kids we strive to provide our children with nutritious well balanced meals. Our menus include regular portions of fruits and vegetables and a variety of assorted grains. Planet Kids is able to provide special menus at no extra cost for children with:* Diabetes.* Sugar* Gluten* Lactose intolerance.