A healthy diet for your child is just the same as ours really, balanced and varied. The more active your child is, the higher their need is to consume foods with energy. Here are a list of some of the foods I’d recommend giving your child to get the right balance and variation.
Fruit and vegetables
Read my post on kids and their 5-a-day. Everyone should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. They contain things like natural sugars, fibre and antioxidants to help top up hydration levels. Another tip, make sure your plate is full of colour to get a wide range of nutrients. If you’d like more information about your 5-a-day, please see the NHS Choices website.
Bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
In other words, energy foods! Wholegrain’s are best as they contain the goodness of the grain and are a great source of vitamins, fibre and minerals.
Milk and dairy
Kids require at least two portions of milk and dairy a day. Things like yoghurt and cheese help build strong bones and teeth. Don’t be put off by the low-fat option either, these have just as much protein and calcium in them.
Meat, fish and eggs
Again, try to include at least two portions a day to help with growth and repair. Choose lean meat and include fish. Fish is a great source of protein and is low in saturated fat.
Fats and sugars
Try and use only small amounts of fat-rich foods. Things like butter, cooking oils and salad dressings. If you give your child biscuits and fizzy drinks, try to offer these as a treat as it will help your child enjoy their food and have a healthy diet.
I hope you found this post interesting. It’s one of several I’m going to write in a new section called Exercise and Kids. This topic is very important to me.