Healthy Eating Guideline

Offer 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 kids

Snacks should be healthy and nutritious and don’t have to be large.

Ideas for healthy snacks

  • Wholegrain bread.
  • Cereal.
  • 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.

Celebrations

  • 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.

Celebration food

  • 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.