Food for under Fives

Food for under Fives

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A guide to what and how much food to offer young children

An example of food ideas for a one to two year old

Breakfast

Wholegrain cereal with full cream milk

Fresh fruit

Snack

Fresh fruit cut up

Small cup of full cream milk

Lunch

Vegetable omelette and wholemeal toasted bread

Snack

Cheese with sliced up tomato, cucumber and grated carrot

Dinner

Pasta and bolognaise sauce, cooked carrot, broccoli and cauliflower

Chopped fresh fruit and yoghurt

An example of food ideas for a  two to three year old

Breakfast

Whole grain cereal flakes with milk

Snack

Crumpet and a small cup of milk

Lunch

Egg and lettuce sandwich

Fresh fruit

Snack

Cut up capsicum and hommus dip

Dinner

Homemade burger pattie, oven roasted pumpkin and potato, cut up tomato and cucumber

Fresh fruit cut up

An example of food ideas for a four to eight year old

Breakfast

Baked beans and wholegrain bread toasted

Snack

Pikelets

Fresh fruit cut up

Lunch

Tuna and salad wholegrain wrap

Fresh fruit

Snack

Cup of milk

Wholegrain crackers and cheese

Dinner

Roasted chicken sliced, mashed potato, cooked beans, carrot and zucchini

Canned fruit and custard

All babies will learn to eat food of different textures at different ages. By around 12 months most babies will be able to manage foods eaten by the rest of the family.

It is good to offer children food about five times over the day as part of your daily routine. Offer foods from the five food groups at breakfast, lunch and dinner and for a snack in between each meal. It is normal for your child to eat different amounts of food each day.

Want to know more

Ask your GP or child health nurse.