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General Nutrition and Dietary Requirements for Your Kids

They’re needs will adapt as they grow older to support their growing bodies

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18 July 2017

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General Nutrition and Dietary Requirements for Your Kids

As parents, we’re in full control over what our little ones eat until a certain age, and so there’s a pressure to ensure that they’re getting is good for their bodies and nutrition.

Don’t stress though – with the right food types and a basic understanding of what their bodies need, it’s a piece of cake.

What does my child need?

Basically, nutrition for kids is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. We all need the same types – minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. But a child’s needs vary as they grow.

To help you start on the right path, ensure you’re including these types of foods in their daily meals:

  • Protein: Seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products and unsalted nuts and seeds.
  • Fruits: Fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits all work great in comparison to fruit juices or snacks.
  • Vegetables: Like fruits, veg can be fresh, canned, frozen or dried. Aim to provide a variety of different colours, including dark green, red, orange, beans, peas, starch and others.
  • Grains: Whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, popcorn, brown or wild rice.
  • Dairy: Eat and drink fat-free or low-fat dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese or fortified soy products.
  • Avoid or limit your child’s calories from added sugars and saturated and trans fats.

    A nutritional requirement overview for kids

    As we’ve mentioned before, your child’s nutritional and dietary requirements will vary as they grow older, become more active and have a more varied diet.

    As a general rule of thumb, this table from Build Healthy Kids, is a great resource to keep close by to guide you while creating their meals.

    General Nutrition and Dietary Requirements for Your Kids

    Disclaimer: These recommendations are based on children who have less than 30 mins of moderate physical activity per day. Your child may need more/less depending on their activity levels and any other special or medical circumstances.