As a parent or guardian, the health of your child must be a priority for you and a good health can be achieved only through a good and nutritious diet. A nutritious diet is no less than a boon for a child. Every child requires a balanced diet that meets the body’s needs and to ensure that all you have to do is make sure that a child’s nutrient requirement is met by aiming at three meals a day.
Healthy food for a child includes a wide variety of fresh food from the following five food groups:
The food that comes under this category are excellent source of calcium which helps in strengthening the bones. Not a lot of food contains as much calcium as dairy products. Yogurt, cheese and all liquid milk products come under this category.
Fruit gives a child energy, vitamins, antioxidants, fibre, phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants) and water that will help a child’s body to remain healthy. The best source of antioxidants are blueberries, guava, oranges, strawberries, etc.
Vegetables, Legumes and Beans
Vegetables should make up a large part of your daily food intake. They provide vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and phytonutrients which keeps your body healthy. Legumes and Beans are a great source of vegetarian protein.
This food group includes cereals, breads, rice, corn, etc. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or any other cereal grain is a grain food. These food gives a child the energy he needs to grow.
Our body uses the protein we eat to make chemicals such as hemoglobin and adrenaline. It is very important for the growth of a child as it helps in the brain and muscle development. It even builds, maintains and repairs the body tissues.
Food from all these food groups are the key to a healthy child but there are a lot of underprivileged children whose parents can’t afford to give them a nutritious diet so in order to make sure that every child gets a healthy diet ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) takes the initiative to improve the nutritional intake of such children.
The food that we serve is prepared in centralized hi-tech kitchens using the most effective, efficient and hygienic techniques so that no child is left undernourished and at the same time deprived of education due to poverty. For some of the children the meal that we provide might be the only meal that they eat in the entire day, so the aim is to make sure that it is healthy, nutritious and fibrous.