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Eating tips for Children

                          Once a child starts going to school, life changes drastically for him. A regular intake of food is needed throughout the day to keep children active and help their concentration while learning. Some children in this age group remain fussy; they require a wide variety of foods and regular meals/ snacks, allow the child to eat according to his appetite, without force or arguments. Food as per the Child's appetite Children are able to decide how much food they need to fulfill their demands and for activity they are engaged in as well as their growth, if they are allowed to eat according to their appetite. Forcing children to 'clean the plate' or giving sweets as rewards may lead to problems of overeating later. Allow your child to decide how much food is enough for him. Offer a small first serve, give him more if desired. Meals for School Suggestions for lunches include - l Mixed sandwich, fresh fruit and bowlful of curd l Lean meat and salad in a pair of bread slices, with dried fruit and a carton of plain milk l Dairy foods and drinks can be frozen in hot weather and taken to kindergarten. Snack Suggestions Snacks are an important part of a child's food intake for energy and nutrition. What children eat is more important than when they eat. Children who snack on lollies and chips may not get all the nutrition needed for good health. Healthy snack suggestions include: l Fresh fruit or fruit packed in natural juice. l Yoghurt (Curd) or cheese (low fat dairy products can be offered). l Fruit bread, bun or muffins. l Bread, rice cakes or crackers with spread. l Vegetable pieces and dip. Strict diets aren't recommended Children grow at a steady rate during the initial years, so 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 consult a doctor and develop healthy eating habits for the whole family. Encourage Physical Activity Children should be encouraged to be physically active from their young age. Physical activity helps children feel good and promotes a healthy appetite. Healthy Drinks Active children need plenty of fluids. Around three glasses of milk a day provides enough calcium for bone development. Low fat milk and dairy products can be offered. Water should be encouraged at other times. Sweet drinks such as juice, soft drink or cordial are unnecessary in a child's diet. Milk can be combined with fresh fruits for a smoothie as a great afternoon snack.




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