Meals

Meals

Alstonville Nestle In Child Care Centre encourage families to provide healthy food options for your child while in care.

0-2yrs

Fresh food is encouraged over pre-packaged mixed desserts and dinners.

  • Part boiled carrots in sticks
  • Sultanas
  • Cut, fresh fruit small pieces/ no skin
  • bananas
  • rice cakes
  • Sakata’s snack crisps
  • Cheese sticks/ small cubes
  • Natural or fruit yoghurt
  • Toast sticks
  • Cruskits
  • Rice biscuits
  • Sandwiches
  • Cooked pasta small portions / bite size pieces
  • Mashed dinners small pieces of meat
  • Cut up ham/ chicken and cheese mixed salads (add anything soft and small in size for a healthy finger food lunch!)

“A balanced diet includes a variety of foods from each of the five food groups, and offers a range of different tastes and textures. It is important to choose most of the foods we eat each day from these food groups” (Get up & Grow. 2009, p.21).   A change in meals each day can help to expand your child’s pallet. Often children are prepared to try new and different foods in the company of peers!

 

2-3yrs

  • Fruit mini muffins
  • Cheese & bean sticks
  • Vegetable sticks
  • Natural/fruit yoghurts
  • Strained fruit cups
  • Fruit bars
  • Muesli bars
  • Rice crackers
  • Cruskits
  • Biscuit and cheese dips
  • Plain small biscuit snack packets
  • Sandwiches/ wraps/bread rolls varied fillings each day
  • Meals (we can warm them up)

       The five basic food groups are:

  • Breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles and other grains
  • Vegetables and legumes
  • Fruit
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese, and/or alternatives
  • Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, and legumes

3-5yrs

  • Fresh fruit
  • Salads
  • Cruskits
  • Biscuit and cheese dips /hummus/ avocado dips
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Bean sticks
  • Natural and fruit yoghurts
  • Cheese
  • Rice cakes
  • Ham/chicken/meats
  • Fruit cups diced fruit (not in jelly)
  • Fruit salad
  • Muesli bars
  • Fruit bars
  • Cruskit snack sandwiches variety of fillings including avocado, cheese or spreads
  • frankfurts
  • mini muffins
  • banana bread
  • Wraps/ sandwiches and bread rolls varied fillings each day
  • Meals (we can warm them up) *Turtle room only

“Sweet drinks are not part of a healthy diet because they do not provide much nutrition. Water is the best drink. Also, sweet drinks may fill children up (leading to a decreased appetite for healthier foods) and can contribute to tooth decay and weight gain. Sweet drinks include soft drink, flavoured mineral water, flavoured milk, cordial fruit drink and fruit juice. Avoid giving any of these to young children.” (Get up and Grow, 2009, p25).

 

Fruit For Children

 

For further suggestions ask a staff member for a ‘Get up & Grow’ lunchbox ideas leaflet! For information about nutrition, healthy food recipes, healthy food games for kids and more visit freshfoods.com.au

National Quality Standard:

Standard 2.2: Healthy eating and physical activity are embedded in the program for children.
Element 2.2.1: Healthy eating is promoted and food and drinks provided by the service are nutritious and appropriate for each child

References:
Munch & Move, 2013. Autumn Newsletter. NSW Government. Health. Northern NSW Local Health District. Australian Government. Department of Health and Ageing

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