I was lucky enough to spend this morning relaxing at MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers), catching up with friends for coffee and morning tea, learning about children’s nutrition and making sushi for lunch. All while the lovely carers looked after the children in the hall upstairs!
The two nutritionists that visited MOPS talked to us about healthy eating. It was good to know we were on the right track with low salt, low sugar and encouraging children to eat a variety of foods from the five food groups: Breads and Cereals, Vegetables, Fruit, Meats/Alternatives (including lentils, nuts, baked beans and eggs) and Dairy and of course, drink plenty of water. It was interesting to see that the recommended intake of breads and cereals for 2-5 year olds is 5-7 serves (the largest), followed by vegetables (2 serves) and fruit (1 serve).
We were also given some great ideas for quick healthy snacks such as:
– frozen fruit/ fruit slushies
– fruit toast
– rice cakes with vegemite or ricotta cheese
– pita bread nachos
If you’d like more ideas for healthy snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners or to find information about food and nutrition for infants, kids, teenagers and adults, visit http://www.nutritionaustralia.org There’s also a recipe section and write-ups about butter vs margarine, physical activities, healthy lunch ideas for busy adults and iodine facts, just to name a few. I found their website very informative.