General Nutrition and Dietary Requirements for Your Kids
They’re needs will adapt as they grow older to support their growing bodies
18 July 2017
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:
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.
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.