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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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8. Up and running

The pre-school years are when the foundations for balanced eating and future good health are laid.

Now weaning is over you’ve reached a crucial time in your child’s dietary development.

A child’s diet needs careful handling now. She needs lots of nutrients and energy, but her appetite is likely to be small, and she may be a bit fussy about her food. Small, frequent and nutrient-dense meals are the order of the day.

The best foods for your pre-school child are divided into four main groups and a fifth or ‘occasional’ group. If you base your child’s diet on these groups you can be certain that she’ll be getting all the important nutrients she needs at this age.

Group 1: Starchy carbohydrates

Some bread, rice, pasta, cereals and ...

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