This free brochure provides information to guide you in helping children aged 1 to 5 to develop healthy eating habits.
Please note this brochure contains information that references the previous version of Canada’s Food Guide.
A new version is in development.
A variety of tips
Eating habits developed during early childhood can influence a child’s diet for a lifetime.
This brochure provides information, practical tips, and meal and snack ideas to help you nurture healthy eating habits in the children in your care.
The brochure covers a variety of topics, including the following:
- Hints for getting young children to enjoy different foods
- Ways to avoid using food for negotiation, punishment or reward
- How to achieve balance and variety in your meal plans
- The importance of certain nutrients during early childhood
- Why fat is an essential nutrient
- Preventing choking
- Reducing the risk of food-borne illness
- Tips for preventing constipation
- Three examples of daily meal plans
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The team of Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada would like to thank the following for reviewing the content of this brochure:
- Manon Bouchard and Stéphanie Ledoux, Registered Dietitians, CHU Sainte-Justine, Mother and Child University Hospital Centre
- Stéphanie Côté, Registered Dietitian, Extenso, Centre de référence sur la nutrition de l’Université de Montréal
- Julie Deschamps, Registered Dietitian, Fondation OLO
- Valérie St-Pierre, Registered Dietitian, CLSC de Mercier-Est–Anjou
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Suggestions from our team:
Use the three sample daily meal plans as a basis for developing your own.
Use the checklist to make sure your meal plans meet the needs of young children.