Children grow very quickly and are usually very active so
they need energy from food and nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrate,
vitamins and minerals. This will ensure their bodies work properly and can
repair themselves quickly..
Children should eat a healthy and varied diet that provides
all the nutrients they need every day.
Milk and dairy foods – provide protein, vitamins and minerals and are a good
source of calories for growing children.
Meat, fish, eggs, beans, peas and lentils – are rich in nutrients such as
protein, vitamins and minerals. You can give boys up to four portions of
oily fish a week, such as mackerel, salmon and sardines, but it's best to
give girls no more than two portions of oily fish a week.
Bread, and other cereals such as rice, pasta and breakfast cereals, and
potatoes–provide calories, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Fruit and vegetables –contain vitamin C, and other protective vitamins and
minerals, as well as fibre.