“cake” or “pizza” – are these your children’s favourite foods as well? Lots of children like fast food and sweet things. This is fine, as long as they only indulge in fast food occasionally and their eating habits otherwise include a healthy variety of different sorts of foods. The research institute for children’s nutrition (FKE) has therefore developed the “Optimised Balanced Diet”.
Three simple rules for choosing food
A balanced, varied diet is the cornerstone for healthy growth and your children’s healthy development. The “Optimised Balanced Diet” takes this into account. It corresponds to the latest scientific findings and translates them into child-appropriate recommendations.
Three simple rules from the optimised balanced diet make it easy to make the best food choices. By using this, you can make sure your children get the essential nutrients they need.
Fill up on cereals, fruit and vegetables
Plant-derived foods and drinks together form the nutritional base, as shown by the Nutritional Pyramid.This is because vegetables, salad and fruit such as, for example, our “NESTLÉ ALETE Früchtchen”, contain virtually no fat and calories, but all the more vitamin
Selected nutrients found in the outer layers of cereal grains
Choose animal products carefully
Milk, yoghurt, cheese, meat, fish and eggs provide an especially large amount of calcium, iron, zinc, protein, B-vitamins and iodine. They ought therefore to appear regularly in your diet – both for children and for adults. Meat, but also sausages and eggs, should not be eaten on a daily basis. They do, however, provide high-quality protein, easily-digestible iron for blood formation, and vitamin B12 and zinc for a strong immune system. Where possible, opt for lean meat and low-fat sausage varieties.
Follow these three rules to get the mix right:
Sweets and snacks also have their place, of course. Read our article on this “A place for treats“.
Salt-water fish as a source of iodine
Salt-water fish contains valuable iodine for forming thyroid hormones. Having salt-water fish 1 to 2 times a week is therefore the best option. Fish tastes good to little ones with a sweet tooth when it is steamed, grilled, or cooked in a mild sauce. You can also try frying the fish together with vegetables.