Children's Nutrition: Healthy Eating

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

The following tips are designed to help parents and carers meet their children’s nutritional needs.

  • Offer a children a wide variety of nutritious foods every day

  • Encourage children to eat plenty of vegetables, legumes (baked beans, lentils, chick peas), fruit and wholegrain cereals (bread, breakfast cereals, rice, pasta and noodles) every day. These foods are high in carbohydrates to provide energy, and are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals

  • Include lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs and/or vegetarian alternatives every day. These foods provide iron for healthy blood and are a good source of protein which is important for growth, development, healing and fighting infection

  • Offer children dairy foods like milk, yoghurt and cheese and/ or non-dairy calcium alternatives, such as soya milk (with added calcium) every day. These foods provide calcium for healthy bones and teeth

  • Offer only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars

  • Use foods low in salt

Source: Dietitians Association of Australia (

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