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Healthy Eating for Children Based on Australian Dietary Guidelines

July 26th, 2017

To ensure that children across this country develop healthy eating habits, the government has set up Australian Dietary Guidelines to help parents and educators know that they are on the right track feeding the children. We provide these guidelines along with other information in the following facts.

First Guideline

Children should reach and maintain a healthy weight through eating nutritious foods and participating in physical activity.

Second Guideline

Children need to eat a variety of healthy foods each day from all five of these food groups:

• Fruits
• Vegetables of various colours and types including beans and legumes
• Grains, especially whole grains such as oats, brown rice and quinoa
• Fish, poultry, lean meats, nuts, tofu, seeds, eggs, beans and legumes
• Milk products or suitable alternatives and for children under 2 years, these should not be reduced fat

Note: Children also should drink an ample amount of water each day.

Third Guideline

Limit foods that contain saturated fat, alcohol, added sugars and added salt. These foods should be eaten sparingly, except for the alcoholic ones, which children should omit all together. Children under 2 should not be on a low-fat diet.

Fourth Guideline

Promote, support and encourage new moms to breastfeed.

Fifth Guideline

Store, prepare and handle food safely to ensure there is no cross contamination or bacteria growth.

How to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

• The children need to eat foods from the five food groups each day.
• Save discretionary choices, such as the foods in the limited group for special occasions.
• Prepare and serve in-season fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Children above 2 years of age should eat only reduced-fat varieties of dairy products.
• Replace sugary drinks with water.
• Children need to eat breakfast each morning.
• Teach the children how and where foods grow.
• Alternate the menu in order to introduce new foods and dishes.
• Teach the children to wash their hands prior to eating meals and snacks.
• Encourage physical activity each day.

Serving Sizes for Each Food Group Varies with Age

Daily serving sizes of vegetables, fruits and the other food in the five food groups will vary according the age of the children. For example, children age 2 to 3 years should eat 2.5 one-half cup servings of cooked orange or green vegetables a day. Click here for further serving information for children.

If you operate a day-care centre, you can rely on our catering service to ensure that the children in your care receive proper nutrition according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines. We provide menu planning, freshly prepared nutritious meals and even allergen meals for your centre. No need to stress pickup either since we deliver your order right to your refrigerator.

Hearty Health
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E:  info@heartyhealth.com.au

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