Healthy Eating

Overview

Helping your child learn to enjoy a variety of foods while they are young is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they grow up to live a healthy life. To help you promote healthy eating with your child this section will provide you with the following information:

  • The Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) and Infant  Feeding Guidelines (2012) for children from birth to five years
  • A listing of the five food groups
  • A look at drinks
  • Food safety
  • Solutions to fussy eating
  • How and when to introduce solids
  • Free recipes.

Personal Pizzas

You will need an oven or sandwich press for this recipe.

Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 15 minutes
Serves 4
Utensils
  • Chopping mat
  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Knife for spreading
  • Knife for slicing
  • Spoon

Use whatever topping ingredients your child enjoys for this recipe.
Any sliced bread will work (i.e. pita bread or English muffins).

Ingredients

4 x sliced bread or pita bread or English muffin
4 tbsp tomato paste
½ cup cheese, grated
½ tin or 200g pineapple (tinned or fresh)
80g ham, sliced
½ capsicum, diced

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 150˚C
  2. Drain pineapple and cut into pieces
  3. Spread tomato paste on to muffin, bread or pita
  4. Top with cheese, ham, pineapple and capsicum
  5. Put in oven until cheese has melted

Add to the recipe: tomato, carrot, olives, chicken or whatever healthy ingredients your children enjoy.

Bliss Balls

This recipe can be eaten straight away or kept in the freezer and eaten as a treat later. They are a great addition to children’s lunch boxes.

Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time No cooking required
Serves 5
Utensils
  • Potato masher
  • Measuring cups
  • Small bowl
  • Serving platter
  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Knife
  • Chopping mat

You can sometimes buy apricots already chopped or you can replace the apricots with any other dried fruit.

Gluten-friendly – omit oats and puffed rice and use gluten-free cereal/add more desiccated coconut. The balls should be moist enough to hold together.

Ingredients

1 banana, peeled
¾ cup sultanas
¾ cup dried apricots, chopped
¾ cup puffed rice
¼ cup quick-cooking oats
¼ cup desiccated coconut (dried, shredded coconut)

Method
  1. Mash banana in a large bowl
  2. Add sultanas and dried apricots. Mix thoroughly
  3. Mix in puffed rice then quick-cooking oats
  4. Combine until mixture is moist and dough like
  5. If possible let stand for about five minutes
  6. Spread the coconut into a shallow, wide bowl
  7. Grab a large tablespoon of dough and shape into balls
  8. Roll balls in coconut and place on serving plate
  9. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to five days. You can also keep them in the freezer for several weeks.