Drinking a lot is important because our bodies cannot store liquid. Water or unsweetened tea is best. You can take water from the tap or from bottles. Your child can drink from a cup, a glass or a mug.
Drinks like iced tea, lemonade and juice contain a lot of sugar. Sugar is harmful to the teeth and has many calories. This can lead to obesity.
- Vegetables and fruit
Vegetables and fruit are healthy and go well with every meal. Eat 3 portions of vegetables and 2 portions of fruit every day. Some children like vegetables and fruit raw, others prefer them cooked or fried. Cut them into bite-sized pieces, but not too small so that your child does not choke. Many children love pieces that they can grab and bite off themselves.
- Grains and potatoes
Grains make you feel full for a long time, especially wholegrains. Eat grains with your child several times a day. Grains can be found in various products: Bread, bread rolls, oatmeal, pasta, rice, … . Wholegrain products are the best choice. They contain many nutrients. Not a grain, but also popular: potatoes. These can be prepared in many different ways: boiled, fried or as mashed potatoes.
- Milk and dairy products
Milk and dairy products contain a lot of protein and calcium. Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth. Dairy products include yoghurt, quark and cheese, for example. Your child should eat milk and dairy products 3 times a day.