Written by Debbie Channing.
So your little one is due to attend nursery all day… If your child is still a baby, then feeding is relatively simple: formula milk or pureed foods. But what if your child is of toddler age and the nursery requests that you send in a packed lunch? What are you going to put in the lunchbox? If you have grown tired of making the same sandwiches day after day, your pre-schooler will probably be bored of them too.
Here are some things to consider:
Children are growing and developing, so it is important that to provide some tummy fillers such as starchy foods like bread, rice and pasta to give them energy and satisfy their appetite. Remember to vary the portion sizes depending on the age and appetite of your child.
It’s never too early to encourage a child to eat a healthy diet – the eating habits formed as children often continue into adulthood. So if we model a nutritional, balanced style of eating to our toddlers, we are giving them tools for life. We need food from all the food groups, such as proteins (e.g. meat, fish, eggs, beans, cheese, yoghurt), carbohydrates (e.g. pasta, bread, potatoes), fruit and veg, and vitamins to help your child’s growing bones and give them a healthy dose of brainpower for the afternoon ahead. Continue reading