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Autumn/winter menu and recipes for early years settings

Eat Better, Start Better: contents

Introduction The food and drink guidelines Understanding the food and drink guidelines Recipe key features Autumn/winter menu for early years settings Breakfast Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks Lunch – Main dishes – Starchy and vegetable accompaniments – Desserts Tea – Main dishes – Starchy and vegetable accompaniments – Desserts Drinks The nutrient framework Nutrient content of recipes included in the autumn/winter menu References Page 4 Page 4 Page 4 Page 5 Page 7 Page 8 Page 12 Page 18 Page 20 Page 29 Page 35 Page 44 Page 46 Page 54 Page 56 Page 62 Page 64 Page 65 Page 69


Eat Better, Start Better: introduction

This document contains an example one-week autumn/winter menu for early years settings. The example menu has been developed to meet the national voluntary food and drink guidelines for early years settings.a It illustrates the types and amounts of food and drink that can be provided to meet the nutritional requirements of children aged one to five years. An example one-week spring/summer menu is available to download from the Children’s Food Trust website The menu includes three meals (breakfast, lunch and tea) and two snacks each day. Recipes for each menu item have been included within this document. These recipes are tried and tested favourites from early years settings across England. Each recipe has been photographed to illustrate typical portion sizes for one to four-year-olds.b The actual portion size of each food is specified under each photograph, along with serving suggestions and tips.

The wider the variety of food and drinks eaten, the better the balance of nutrients provided.

The food and drink guidelines
A healthy balanced diet for children aged one to five yearsc is based on the four food groups listed below, which provide a range of essential nutrients...