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Healthy Menu for Your Child: Aspects That Should Be Considered

Updated on December 2, 2015
Healthy food is a basis of a child's health
Healthy food is a basis of a child's health

When it comes to planning the kids’ menu, most parents feel puzzled and concerned. This is because they are not sure what exactly their children should eat and what food products should prevail in their everyday ration. This usually depends upon the age of your child and the eating habits you have in your family. Children, who have already turned three years old, start eating the same food products and dishes their parents consume on a daily basis. So, if you take care of your health and consider healthy eating habits important, then you, probably, don’t have to worry about this issue, because your child will eat food rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. However, if you are fond of fast food and cannot live a day without pizza and hamburgers, then this article is right what you need to find out how to make the menu of your kid healthy.

Major Rules You Should Stick To

When thinking over the menu of your child, pay attention to the following rules:

  • If your son or daughter attends a kindergarten, then you should define where exactly he/she will have breakfast. Thus, if you are not in a hurry or your kid wakes up too early, you can feed him/her at home. Does your child have breakfast in the kindergarten? Then try to find out the menu and the regime and stick to it at home, even on weekends.
  • Do not allow your kid to have snacks and drink sweet beverages between the meals. The only liquids that are allowed are water and stewed fruit. However, if your kid has breakfast early in the morning, then you can offer him/her a light lunch a few hours after it.
  • The evening meal should be taken not later than two hours before the bedtime.


Breakfast Rules

If your child does not attend a kindergarten, then you can offer him/her breakfast around 8-9 a.m. It is not a secret that breakfast is the most substantial meal of the day, because people usually have better metabolism in the first half of the day. That is why cooking cereal is a great idea! You can add fresh fruit, berries or jam to make the dish taste even more delicious. If your kid wishes, you can also give him/her a sandwich with cheese and tea after the cereal. This will make the breakfast more nutritional. Occasionally, you can cook omelet or cornflakes for breakfast to vary the menu. Some children, by the way, don’t like cereal. If this is your case, it is not a problem. Just do not force your kid to eat it and replace the dish with mashed potatoes, spaghetti, rice, vegetables or any other garnish your child prefers.

Dinner Recommendations

The best dinner includes soup and garnish with meat, fish or poultry. A child should consume about 150-160 grams of protein-containing products during a day, which should be divided equally between the major meals, mainly between breakfast and dinner or dinner and supper. It is recommended to buy non-allergic types of meat, such as rabbit, lean pork, turkey, mutton and beef. Fish and chicken are more allergic, so if your child is prone to different allergies, it is better to avoid cooking them. When choosing fish, give preference to the lean sorts. There are children, who do not like soup at all. That’s not a problem! Just offer him/her garnish with meat and salad and this will be quite enough for dinner!

Afternoon Tea

Most children like afternoon tea, because they are offered cookies, dairy products or fresh fruit. This depends upon the preferences of a child and the daily menu. Dairy products are rich in useful bacteria, while fresh fruit contain fiber. This is what makes these products useful for a child’s colon and contributes to better food digestion.

Supper Tips

As mentioned above, supper should not be eaten later than two hours before the bedtime. The last meal of the day should consist of the garnish (preferably rice, buckwheat, fresh or stewed vegetables) and meat. If a child has already consumed enough protein during a day, you can offer him/her buckwheat with milk or stewed vegetables. Some kids also like to drink a cup of yoghurt or milk before they go to bed. If your son or daughter has the same habit, give him/her the treat! May your kids be healthy and happy!

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