Updated: Jul 16, 2021
The future health status of your kid somewhat depends on the nutrition provided during school going years. This stage is the stepping stone to a healthy life and these formative years have a lasting effect on physical as well as cognitive health of an individual. Therefore, maintaining a balanced diet is extremely important for a healthy life ahead.
Your child’s nutritional needs
Growth during these years might be slow and irregular, but this doesn’t mean that the nutrition during this period can be neglected. They might have a lesser desire to eat, but both body and brain require energy to function properly. They need good amount of fuel to run around and do homework. And the protein needs along with certain micronutrients like calcium are high. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for both boys and girls in the age group of 7-9 years is 30g protein per day while boys and girls in the age group of 10-12 years require around 40g of protein per day. The good quality protein is usually derived from animal sources, but the quality of vegetarian diets can be improved by consuming cereal and pulse combination.