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Nutritious and Kid-Friendly Foods to Add to Your Child's Diet

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Written by Chantal Nerima


The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You do not need to achieve this balance with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or week.



Here are some examples of healthy meals.


Pitta pockets

Pitta pockets are made with chicken, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Chicken is a good source of protein, essential for the growth, maintenance, and repair of the body. However, cucumber and tomatoes count towards your child’s five-a-day intake. Using wholemeal pitta would also provide a source of energy, and fibre for your child, which is important for maintaining a healthy gut.



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Porridge

Breakfast is an important meal for children as it supports their energy stores for morning activities. Research suggests that children who eat breakfast have been shown to concentrate better throughout the morning. This porridge is loaded with fibre-rich oats and topped with grated apples, raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon.




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Macaroni cheese with vegetables

Cheese can form part of a healthy, balanced diet for young children, and offers calcium, protein, and vitamin A. You can also consider using dairy-free alternatives to cheese, if necessary.




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Salmon egg-fried rice

Salmon is a source of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin D is needed for growth and development and can help keep your child’s bones and teeth healthy. It also supports muscle function and a healthy immune system, while omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health.



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BYJU's in their website mentions four best slogans for healthy eating and we think it summarises it all -

  • A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.

  • Always eat what’s right.

  • If you want to run for long, avoid junk food.

  • Be fit by eating fresh.

Let us know what you think and please post a comment on any recipes that you have made as part of healthy eating, that our readers can benefit from adopting.


References


BBC Good Food. (n.d.). Top 10 healthy meals for kids. [online] Available at: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-healthy-meals-for-kids.


NHS (2022). The Eatwell Guide. [online] NHS. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/food-guidelines-and-food-labels/the-eatwell-guide/.


Author, A. the and Shanahan, rew (2014). Is The Eatwell Plate About To Change? Professor Kevin Fenton Interview Exclusive. [online] MAN v FAT. Available at: https://manvfat.com/eatwell-plate-change-professor-kevin-fenton-interview-exclusive/.


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