Health

What constitutes a healthy diet for children, our nutritionist shares her tips plus some recipes!

Let’s start by thinking about what are the goals of a healthy diet for children. It’s easy to bat around words like “optimal health” or “total well being”, but these words can mean different things for different people.

7 goals for a healthy diet for children

  1. Support growth and development.
  2. Mental health and cognitive function
  3. Energy and supporting activity
  4. Maintain a healthy weight
  5. Support immunity
  6. Avoid risk factors for lifestyle diseases.
  7. Teach them food skills for life

How do you make sure your child is having a healthy diet

The simple way to make food decisions for children is to look at it in relation to these goals, and if they don’t align, then they are probably not getting the food they need.  Unfortunately, bad food choices are what a lot of people focus on, and for some reason, keep giving their kids the wrong food, with the feeling they are “missing out”. But let’s look at the bigger picture.

What our kids are eating can have a massive impact on their future. We are safeguarding our children from lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and dental issues, which are sadly on the rise.

Let’s focus on all the awesome food that children can eat. Plenty of fruit and vegetables, moderate amounts of protein, and whole grains. Eat lots of colourful food every day (coloured by nature, not a lab!), and eat homemade food, and drink lots of water.

A common mistake that we make feeding kids, is not understanding appropriate portion sizes, and getting stressed that they aren’t eating all their dinner when really, we’ve served them up too much!

Get to know how their food needs change as they grow and you will reduce a lot of pressure at the dinner table! Find that info here.

A lot of families struggle with feeding their children vegetables. Only 5% of kids eat the recommendations! Making food fun for your kids is one way to improve their veggie intake, but the number one thing that will help them is YOU.

Positive role modelling behaviour is what makes a massive difference in children’s eating habits. If you want your kids to eat more veggies, then eat more veggies yourself! Present them in fun and interesting ways instead of the same old way every night.

Recipes to help get your kids to eat a healthy diet

Try some of these recipes from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for some new and exciting ways to try veggies at your house!

Dinners

  • Loaded sweet potato fries
  • Hidden veggie Bolognese sauce with zoodles or try our One-pot Spaghetti 
  • Cashew fried rice
  • Chicken burrito bowl
  • Lamb rissoles with sweet potato chips
  • Beef with oyster sauce
  • Chicken and pineapple kebabs

Snacks

  • Hidden veggie sausage rolls
  • Banana pikelet
  • Carrot and zucchini cake
  • Mini cheese, ham and quinoa muffins
  • Hummus and veggie stick snack
  • Seed and nut bars

The Healthy Kids Superfoods

The NEW Superfood for Kids is a delicious way to ensure your children are getting the nutrition they need. Just sprinkle the powder onto any food and voila, you have an instant nutrition boost.

A whole lot of nutrition for kids in just a sprinkle

  • 13 Vitamins and Minerals including Vitamin B, Vitamin D and Vitamin C  Calcium, Iron and Iodine
  • Super easy to add to just about any food, especially breakfast!
  • Simple hidden goodness
  • Plant-based nutrition
  • Contains Probiotics
  • Contains Fruits and Vegetables
  • Delicious Berry Flavour – excellent for adding to breakfast
  • No Artificial Colours or Flavours

Purchase the Healthy Kids Superfoods here.

cheree-sheldon
written by:

Cheree Sheldon

Cheree is an experienced naturopath who specialises in nutritional medicine; focusing on pregnancy support, babies and children. She is a published recipe developer whose background as a chef allows her to develop healthy, nutritionally balanced meals. Being a mum herself, she loves recipes that are easy to make and appeal to the whole family. Cheree has worked for the Healthy Mummy since early 2015 developing Healthy Mummy specific recipes and preparing the challenge meals for our monthly 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges. She calculates all the nutritional information for the recipes and provides our team with expert advice and information on current nutritional issues.Cheree loves working for the The Healthy Mummy because "I have the chance to share my love of delicious, nutritious food with other mums”.