Healthy Eating

How does a healthy, balanced diet for children aged one to five years differ from that needed by adults?

Young children are growing quickly and have high energy and nutrient requirements for their size. They also eat smaller amounts than older children and adults, so it is important for them to eat regular meals and snacks that contain sufficient energy and nutrients for their needs.

Trying foods – encouraging children to taste food.

It takes around 8-10 tastings to know if we like a food. It is worth explaining this to children. They may not be sure today, but it is worth trying it again another day. 

Encouragement and praise are very important when tasting new foods with children. Ensure they know that if they are not comfortable with it in their mouth and cannot swallow it they can discreetly put it in a piece of kitchen roll and put it in the bin. Trying to swallow something you don’t like can cause a gag reaction and build up a negative experience to that food and tasting other foods. 

Behaviour tips around food:

  • encourage your child
  • food activities other than eating; encourage children to get used to being around food without having to have it in their mouth or having to swallow it
  • helping with handling food can help some children to become more comfortable with food, (loading it into the shopping trolley, putting it into cupboards, helping to dish up food or stir it etc.)
  • it helps your child to understand where food is coming from.

Let's Cook

A cookery course, giving the opportunity to develop your confidence and cookery skills, whilst learning new healthy recipes. This is designed for fussy eaters and to help children try new foods. Children will be involved in preparation, cooking and tasting. 

Join in with the Children's Centre Virtual Offer Let's Cook videos.



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