Healthy Eating GuidelineOffer meals and snacks at regular and predictable intervals.
Regular mealtimes give kids a routine
- Regular mealtimes help kids to stay healthy and have good energy levels.
- Kids have small stomachs so small, healthy meals and snacks are best.
- Kids who are hungry can be irritable.
- Kids who eat all the time never learn how it feels to be hungry.
3 meals and 2 snacks a day are best for kidsSnacks should be healthy and nutritious and don’t have to be large.
Ideas for healthy snacks
- Wholegrain bread.
- Chopped up fruit and vegies.
- Baked beans on toast.
- Small yoghurt.
- Raisin toast.
- Cheese cut into slices or sticks.
Breakfast is an important meal
- It helps kids get enough nutrients for the day ahead.
- It is part of a healthy routine.
- Missing breakfast makes kids hungry and tired later in the day.
- Kids who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to be overweight or obese.
Breakfast can be simple and easy
- Wholegrain cereal like wheat biscuits or porridge with milk and fruit.
- Yoghurt and fruit.
- Fruit smoothie.
- Cheese on toast with fruit.
- Pikelets with yoghurt and fruit.
All kids need breakfast
- Sometimes kids might arrive at early childhood services without having eaten breakfast.
- If this occurs regularly, discuss the reasons and some possible solutions with a parent or carer.
- You can consider providing breakfast for all the kids, or have some healthy food there for the kids who come without breakfast.
- Many people like to celebrate birthdays and special occasions with food.
- There are other ways to celebrate such as wearing a party hat, dressing up or doing a fun activity.
- Try to have healthy food for all celebrations.
- If you have sometimes foods like cakes and ice cream, try to limit the serve size.
- Always offer a plate of fruit with sometimes foods.