Feeding our children, Food groups and serving sizes( part 2)

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You should offer your child a range of healthy meals from these food groups:

  • Fruit and vegetables:

Children should be given at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, where a serving is about a handful in size.

Frozen fruit and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh varieties
Vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked (serve crunchy rather than very soft to Preserve the vitamins and minerals)

If vegetables aren’t a favorite, try hiding them by pureei

ng in to soups, sauces, casseroles and pizza toppings

  • Starchy carbohydrate:

At least one kind of bread, rice, pasta, noodles, cereals or potatoes, should be served with all meals.

Young children have small appetites, so fibre-rich carbohydrates can be bulky and inhibit the absorption of some minerals.

High fibre carbohydrate foods, such as whole-wheat pasta and brown rice, should be introduced gradually so that by the time children are five, they’re eating the same fibre rich foods as the rest of the family.

Will continue talking about the rest of the food groups and serving sizes tomorrow, stay tuned

Reeham Shaker
Nutrition Expert

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