Feed a child a nutritious, healthy diet and this supports them through all stages of their life. The right mix of calories and nutrients helps them to grow big and strong, too much of the wrong stuff can inhibit their development.
Nannies have a duty of care when it comes to diets. Younger children need a healthy blend of ingredients, there has to be a balance within the diet to support muscle and bone growth.
That being the case we explore the subject of nutrition in our next feature, read this post and snack on healthy products from now on.
Rather shockingly obesity cases amongst children are on the rise in the UK. The right diet coupled to healthy exercise should combat this. A good starting point is to learn a little about calorie guidelines.
The following table lists the recommended calorie count for children.
Counting calories is one thing but that’s a small part of ensuring a child is eating a healthy balanced diet. Choosing the right food groups is equally important, monitor their calorie intake by all means but carefully select the tight type of food substances which encourage a healthy growth pattern whilst discouraging fat intake.
Good foods include:
- Fruit and vegetables – At least five portions per day if possible, fruits are packed with essential vitamins and minerals
- Meat and fish – Great sources of protein. Also contain vitamins and minerals too
- Milk and dairy – Cheese, milk and other dairy products are a vital source of calcium, this is essential for the healthy development of growing bones
- Bread and cereals – Packed with fibre, wholemeal breads and grains are also handy to stock up on minerals and vitamins
- Replace this:
- With this:
Finally, take bold steps to reduce the salt intake of the children in your care. Cut salt from their diet. Sodium is found in a variety of food substances, junk food, crisps and bacon are prime examples.
Limit salt intake where you can. A rough guide is outlined below.
Maximum salt intake:
|3 years and under||2g per day|
|4-6 years||3g per day|
|7-10 years||5g per day|
|11 years onwards||6g per day|
Children rely on you to lead by example. A healthy diet is a great place to start.