Developing a healthy diet plan for children is essential, particularly during their growth years. With so much food available, it could be difficult to ensure that your children eat healthily. A healthy food chart for kids lays the groundwork for rapid growth. When it comes to your kid, you always would like to have the finest for them, and ensuring physical and mental development during the young life (2-5 years) phase is essential. As a result, a meal plan for kids of 2-5 years old, aids in their development and growth. When developing a healthy meal plan for 2-5 years old Indian children, there are a few things that must be kept in mind.
- Protein and energy-rich foods, such as eggs, milk, and peanut butter, are essential at this stage.
- Making a relaxed environment during meals motivates kids to eat more.
- Kids' palates aren't fully developed, so serve mildly spiced and flavoured foods.
- Make sure that your child consumes the recommended amount of each food group for proper nutrition.
- Tiny quantities served at regular intervals are beneficial.
FOODS REQUIRED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Many toddlers aged 2 to 5 require between 1,000 and 1,400 calories each day. In a healthy meal plan for toddlers, here's how to allocate those calories:
Grain Classification:Daily serving of grains should be between 3 and 5 ounces, with at least half being whole grains. For instance, one ounce of ready-to-eat cereal, either one or two slices of bread, plus one bowl of cooked pasta or rice.
Vegetable Classification:A daily serving of 1 to one and a half bowl of boiled or uncooked veggies. Young children, like grownups, require a wide range of veggies, including red, dark green, and orange ones: broccoli along with low-fat dip, mashed sweet potato or tomato ketchup for pasta.
Fruit Classification:A daily serving of one to one and a half bowls of frozen, fresh, dried, or canned fruits. Limit the daily intake of 100 per cent fruit juice to four to six ounces. Instead of juice, emphasise whole fruits. Mandarin oranges (canned or fresh in juice), Melon balls, and refrigerated berries are favourites among children.
Milk Group:Two to two and a half bowls each day. Whole milk is suggested for kids under the age of two. Calcium-rich, lower-fat options for older children include low-fat or fat-free milk, soy milk, cheese, and yoghurt.
Protein Classification: Total daily intake of two to four ounces. Protein foods can be combined with poultry, lean meats, seafood, soy products, eggs, cooked beans (pinto, black, kidney), nut butter, and unsalted nuts.
SNACKS AND MEAL PLAN FOR A NORMAL DAY
1.BREAKFAST: Grilled oat cereal along with banana slices and milk
- One whole-grain toaster waffle or half slice of whole-grain bread
- One-fourth to half a bowl of fruit, such as bananas, berries, or plain applesauce
- a half-cup of milk
2. SNACK: Berries on plain yoghurt
- One to two oz of cheese or half bowl of cottage cheese or whole-milk yoghurt
- a quarter to a half cup of fruit
3. LUNCH: A half-turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread, finely diced apples, peas, and milk
- One-fourth bowl or one to two oz of protein, such as poultry, meat, seafood, lentils, beans, or one egg
- One-fourth bowl of whole-grain pasta, brown rice or perhaps other whole grain, or half slice of bread
- One-fourth bowls of vegetables, such as green beans, peas, or sweet potato
- One-fourth bowl of fresh fruit, such as thinly diced pears or apples, canned peaches (wrapped in water or 100 per cent juice, not syrup)
4. SNACK: Cucumber along with hummus
- One-fourth or half bowls of whole grains or vegetables, such as finely sliced green pepper or cucumber or gently steamed carrot sticks; or four crackers or half bagel or whole-grain English muffin.
- One tbsp hummus, nut butter or bean dip (finely spread); one hard-boiled egg; or one to two oz of cheese
DINNER: Roughly chopped chicken, steamed vegetable blend, half bowl of brown rice, milk
- One-fourth to half a bowl of protein, such as poultry, meat, seafood, lentils, or beans
- Half a bowl of vegetables, such as steamed broccoli, squash, or cauliflower
- Half a bowl of brown rice, whole-grain pasta, or even other whole grain, or half a slice of whole-grain bread
- Half a bowl of milk
It is common for kids to refuse new dishes, alter their minds about meals they have previously eaten, or want identical meals day after day. Continue to eat snacks and meals at identical times day after day, and include a range of foods.