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Nutrition

 
A regular and diverse diet is very important for children. Even more important is that parents and children know that meals are served at the same time of day, whenever possible at the table together with parents or with other children, by no means whatever and whenever.
A child's diet should be diverse and based on the healthy food pyramid in which all vital foods are represented, which means that:
  • Grain products should be primarily represented in meals (dark or integral bread, rice, pastas),
  • Plenty of vegetables should be consumed daily, especially legumes and green leafy vegetables, while fruits should be present 2 to 3 times a day,
  • Fish, poultry and eggs should also be present every day, up to twice a day,
  • Milk and dairy products 2 to 3 times a day,
  • Unhealthy, saturated fatty acids should be replaced with unsaturated fats of plant origin,
  • Red meats, potatoes, refined grains and refined white sugar should only be consumed occasionally,
  • Consumption of industrial sweets should be kept to a minimum.

The greater the diversity of the diet, the smaller the likelihood that there will be a lack of individual key nutrients. The intense growth and development of children means that they have a greater need for calcium, found in milk and dairy products. Watching television, gaming, sitting at a computer and an unhealthy diet rich in sweets has contributed to a growing number of health issues among children in many, especially highly developed countries. Besides the many health risks (obesity and others), poor diet is also associated with psychological difficulties among children.

There are many diverse, naturally grown and untreated fruits and vegetables growing in our spacious green orchard and vegetable garden within the Ružičnjak grounds. We are very proud of our garden and, from time to time, we plan to organise a harvest for the kids and parents!
 

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