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How To Prepare A Healthy Menu For Your Child

The types of foods that we will feed our children in their early years and during their childhood will influence their eating habits, health and weight in later life. So in this article we will look at how to prepare eating healthy menu plans for your child.

Nutrition is an important part of our diets through all stages of life and nutritional requirements will vary depending on each person's personal needs. For example, babies, toddlers and children will need energy and adequate amounts of certain nutrients to help with normal growth and development. So a healthy well balanced diet that provides lots of variety is essential to ensure that all their nutritional requirements are met.

Today more than ever child obesity has become a growing concern the world over and somewhere between 40-69% of children are largely inactive and are spending less than 1 hour a day participating in physical activity. But although energy is needed because of their rapid growth, children also need to be active to help maintain a healthy weight but it will also improve their bone structure.

But when planning any sort of healthy menu for your children you should remember that they should enjoy their food and both eating and mealtimes should be pleasurable.
  1. You should include starchy foods in their menu such as cereals, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. They should form the basis of any child's diet and besides from being a source of energy they can contribute fiber, B Vitamins, Calcium and Iron to their diet as well. If you can use whole meal, wholegrain or brown bread, as well as whole meal pasta and brown rice as this will increase their fiber intake.
  2. Include protein in their diet. This can be gained from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, peas, lentils, soya and nuts. Plus they will also contain minerals and vitamins which are essential to a child as they grow. It is best to use the leaner pieces of meat (so trim off any visible fat and remove the skin from chicken).
  3. Fish. Make this part of your child's diet such as mackerel, sardines or salmon (oil rich fish) as they contain essential fatty acids.
  4. Iron. This can gained through read meat or green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and fortified breakfast cereals. Plus try and get them to drink a glass of orange juice with their meal as this will help them to absorb more iron from their food and it also counts as one of their 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
You will find that following a few or all of the tips provided above you should be able to prepare a much more eating health menu for your children in the future. Healthy menu for children’s always need some attention especially they are still small.

Robby Sam is an author of where he says that different kinds of healthy menu especially for young and adult people will get more stronger and full of strength when working period.