Foods Children Need
Regular meals and a wide variety of different foods will ensure that they have the nutrients needed to grow and develop. Appetites will vary along with their activity, and this influences how much your child will eat.
Breakfast is an important meal if children are to be alert and able to concentrate in school.
Snacks at morning recess and after school are usually needed by busy, active children.
School lunches need to be appetising, nutritious and convenient to eat. Some schools have canteens but your child will probably need some help in choosing a healthy and satisfying lunch. If you are not happy with the choice of foods on the menu you can talk to the school about some healthy alternatives.
Family evening meals are important times for talking and sharing the day’s news and activities. Plan to have meals together without TV or telephone interruptions.
Water and milk are the best drinks for children. Fluids are important for children throughout the day. Thirsty or dehydrated children cannot maintain concentration and activity.
10 tips for feeding healthy children
Follow these tips and encourage your kids to eat healthy.
- Give your children a variety of different foods at all meals and snacks.
- Snacks are important. Offer nutritious foods like bread, crackers, cheese, yoghurt and fruit.
- Provide breakfast and allow time for your children to eat it.
- Eat together as a family at least once a day.
- Pack your child’s lunch from home. Involve your child in the selection and preparation from a range of healthy options.
- Don’t make a fuss when your child refuses a new food, but try again several times.
- Let your child tell you when they are full.
- Encourage children to drink plain water when they are thirsty.
- Involve children with planning and preparing healthy meals.
- Plan physical activities for all the family to encourage a healthy balance between food eaten and energy needs.
What We’re Eating
Today at Karratha early learning we had chicken & salad wraps for lunch, the older children were able to assemble there own wraps as a activity to help with eye & hand coordination as well as stimulating there brain activity.
Please find below the recipe for our easy healthy chicken wraps.
- 2kg chicken (Diced & Cooked).
- 2 teaspoons of Moroccan seasoning.
- 1 head of lettuce.
- 4 grated carrots.
- Handful of grated cheese.
- whole grain wraps.
- Dice and pan fry chicken add seasoning,
- Slice lettuce add grated cheese and carrot
- Assemble on whole grain wrap and enjoy.
Kids in the Kitchen
Mini Pea & Pesto Frittatas
PREP 10 min | COOK 10 – 12 min | MAKES 12
- 2 cups (250 grams) peas
(if using frozen peas, simply run under water to defrost a little)
- 6 eggs
- 1/2-cup cream
- 1 cup tasty cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons pesto
- 2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter or olive oil spray. Divide the peas evenly into holes of prepared tin. Place the eggs, cream, cheese, pesto and basil into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Pour egg mixture over peas and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden and set. Allow standing in the pan for 5 minutes or so before loosening with a knife and removing. Serve alongside a little fresh fruit or veggie sticks. These muffins aren’t suitable for freezing.
SAFETY – Remember to always supervise kids in the kitchen.