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It’s not just what our kids eat and drink but when they eat and drink it.

We need to encourage healthy eating amongst children. It is so important to reduce the amount of overall snacking and concentrate on the provision of healthy family meals. It is important to know that children do need energy as they grow to develop and keep them active.

Give your child a variety of foods.
Include foods from each of the four groups throughout the day:

  1. Protein – meat, fish, beans and eggs.
  2. Fruit and vegetables – although grapes should be cut in half to prevent choking.
  3. Starchy foods – bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods.
  4. Dairy – e.g. milk, yoghurt and cheese.
    Younger children have small appetites, they need regular small meals with snacks in between and do need some full fat foods in their diet.

These are some of the snacks we would recommend

  • Fresh vegetables – tomatoes, celery, carrot and cucumber sticks, sliced peppers, sugar snap peas.
  • Sandwiches – try various fillings: cold meat, tuna, grated low fat cheese, egg, salad items, tomato or banana.
  • Alternative starchy choices – bread sticks, oatcakes, crackers, rice cakes, a plain or cheese scone, a crumpet, a bagel, a potato scone, a pancake, a toasted teacake.
  • Dried fruit and fresh fruit juice can be counted as one portion each of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables. However, they contain hidden sugars and are best taken at mealtimes.

For more health eating ideas click on the link to read the latest advice from the NHS.

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