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Healthy Diet

Raheen National School promotes healthy eating for all its pupils

According to the National Taskforce on Obesity, children are consuming large amounts of energy dense food which may be provided in or outside the home. Raheen National School encourages healthy eating by promoting behaviour among children through education and school policies such as limiting the amount of energy dense food children can consume during school hours

Tips for lunchboxes

Fruit (apples, bananas, grapes)

Washed, raw vegetable pieces (strips of carrot, celery, cucumber)

Washed, whole raw vegetables (such as cherry tomatoes)

Fruit salad

Plain breadsticks, unsalted plain or wholewheat crackers, crispbreads or water biscuits served with fruit or cheese

Plain rice cakes

Natural or low fat yoghurt with chopped fruit

Dietary guidelines for toddlers and young children

Fruits and vegetables

Two servings each per day. These may be given as snacks, such as apple or carrot slices. Also try slipping in veggies in the form of soups.

Whole grains

Four daily servings. Can include buckwheat pancakes or multigrain toast for breakfast, a sandwich on wheat bread for lunch and brown rice or another whole grain as part of the evening meal.

Milk and dairy

Three servings, or one pint of whole milk per day. Cheeses, yogurt and milk puddings are useful alternatives.


Two servings a day. Encourage your child to try a variety of foods from this category, such as turkey, eggs, fish, chicken, lamb, baked beans, and lentils.

NOTE: Nuts, although an excellent source of protein, are not a good choice for children under five due to the risk of choking.

Vitamins and minerals

Check with your child’s doctor to be certain your child’s diet is adequately meeting the recommended nutritional needs for this age group