We must have heard about the importance of a balanced diet, but that’s just the begining of the story — How many of us would conscientiously commit to one?
It is especially crucial for our young to have a balanced diet in the first 3 years of their life. UNICEF — The State of the World’s Children 2001
|These early childhood years are when experiences and interactions…influence the way a child’s brain develops, with as much impact as…adequate nutrition, good health and clean water.|
In Singapore, we are very blessed to have treated running water at the turn of our taps. Nutrition and good health are of course complementary to each other.
I have previously shared that I cook my own lunch and have a recommended proportion of each food group. Let’s explore further.
Q: What constitutes a balanced diet?
I think the above is self explanatory. On top of that, research indicates that we should take about 10 portions and varieties of fruits and vegetables daily.
Put them into practice, and this is what you get:
The RAINBOW platter.
Protein is essential for tissue growth and repair. The choice of protein matters, and I will cover this in a separate entry.
So, remember: For a well balanced diet,
Proportion matters. Eat more vegetables, and variety is key.
However, in situations where time is of an essence (we are so busy!), or, even if we had the time and inspiration to prepare, our kids might be adverse to vegetables. Hence, striving for the above balance in every meal might not be realistic.
Q: In that case, what can we do to ensure a balanced diet?
Find out more here
I hope that the above is useful for your meal planning.
Feel free to leave your comments or queries.
Cheers to a larger life!