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Decoding Kids Nutrition - Basics 101

While all is well that ends well, all is even better when the start is right and that is why we, at The Mumum Co., believe in teaching the kids to start eating healthy early on.

Our wholesome and healthy snacks for children give the much-needed boost towards well-being and early development. Early healthy eating habits have a positive impact on the kid’s food choices later in life and will help keep obesity and other health issues at bay.

What is early nutrition and what are its fundamentals?

Nutrition 101 – Decoding Basics

Early nutrition is a conversation with children at every mealtime. A good way to teach children nutrition basics is to divide food into general groups. This helps them understand, that just like there are playgroups, study groups, music groups, etc. the food they eat is also divided into 5 major groups i.e. Fats, Protein, Dairy, Fruits and Vegetables and Carbohydrates.

Every food group has its set of rules and a health profile that affects or benefits our body. As a general rule, each meal should contain 3 of the 5 food groups.

A simple Food Pyramid looks like this:

Healthy nutrition diet chart for kids explaining the importance of eating healthy snacks

The Food Groups

Fats – While some fats are healthier than other, all fats have lots of calories. Fats should be limited at the tip of a healthy dietary plan.

Proteins – Proteins are nutrients that are important for growth, muscle development and brain development. Protein rich food contains vitamins and minerals like zinc, iron, vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely important for school-age children.

Dairy products – The key ingredient in dairy is calcium which is pertinent for strong and healthy bones and teeth for growing children. One should try to offer their children dairy in different forms such as milk, curd, yoghurt, smoothies, cheese, cottage cheese etc.

Fruits and vegetables – These provide important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and not only help lower cholesterol, but also keep their bowel movement healthy and aid in digestion. Encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables of at each mealtime, especially of different colours and textures.

Carbohydrates – This serves as a source of energy for their little bodies. Whole-grain breads, brown rice, pasta, cereals, chappatis made with whole wheat which are all low in Glycemic Index should be a large part of a child’s diet.

The Mumum Co. incorporates the benefits of these food groups in their healthy snacks - Protein Puffs (protein, carbohydrates and vegetables), Cool Crunchies (vegetables/fruits, protein and carbohydrates), Melties (assorted fruits) and Oaties (protein, carbohydrates and fruits).

The amount of food needed from each food group differs from one child to another and on their age, gender, physical activity etc. With proper guidance and reference from a child nutritionist, parents can prepare a balanced diet chart and use it to make healthy and easy meals for kids.

Written by Riddhi Tanna, Food and Nutrition Consultant, Entrepreneur @PlateUp_withriddhi

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