Snack and meal times should be a time for positive interactions, language development, healthy nutrition and full little tummies. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers can sometimes be picky little eaters. However if provided with healthy options instead of quick processed foods or "go to favs" children will learn to eat and enjoy all sorts of foods.
I am not going to go to great lengths in this post to describe the dietary requirements of each child and how to ensure you have meals that are balanced to promote the best absorption of nutrients/vitamins. I am not a dietician and will not pretend to be one. Google has an endless array of websites to search and learn from. I am going to share some basics and a few resources to validated information.
Basic #1: snacks should include at least 2 food groups, Lunch should include at least 3 food groups however 4 is optimal.
Basic #2: children do not need juice and if juice is served it should be from 100% real fruit juice and only 1/2cup per day. (Child Care providers should avoid juice like the plague...it disrupts nap times, is quickly converted into energy creating "hyper" children, sits in the mouth and can cause cavities etc)
Basic #3: Water should be given whenever requested and in-between snacks/meals
Basic #4: although children tend to like fruit more than vegetables, vegetables are an important part of the equation. Making veggie purees or grating vegetables into baked goods are great ways to sneak them in for super picky eaters.
Websites for further information
Early Years at Home
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