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Meal Plans for Different Age Groups

Meal Plans for Different Age GroupsMeal planning is preparing a plan of meals with adequate nutrition for every member of the family within the available resources. Preparing meal plans for different age groups is an art and science in itself.

A balanced diet is one that contains different types of foods in such quantities that the individual’s need for the various nutrients is adequately met. To make proper meal plans for different age groups, it is also important to take into account their daily activities, profession and the amount of rest and sleep that they get. Nutritional requirements of a working adult who needs to travel a lot will be different from an elderly person who is at rest most of the time. Even though meal plans for different age groups are different, for supper the family can enjoy a wholesome, common meal together.

Here are certain basic meal plans for different age groups:

Children and Adolescents – Growing kids typically have finicky diet habits and irregular eating patterns. At the same time most of them very active during these years and as they grow, nutritional requirements increase and optimum nutrition is vital, not only for their good health, but also to reduce the risk of diseases later in life. While preparing meal plans for different age groups, a child’s breakfast should be planned with high fiber cereal with skimmed milk. Along with this 1-2 slices of bread with peanut butter/jam and 200ml of fresh juice can be given. For school lunch, a vegetable/chicken sandwich and yogurt with fresh fruits is a good idea. On returning from school, the child can enjoy a healthy snack such as whole wheat pancakes and a fruit. Supper can be a typical family meal with soup, about 60 gram of pasta with vegetables or some rice and vegetables. While working on meal plans for different age groups, the homemaker may also need to take care of needs of adolescents. Adolescence is characterized from the age of 12 /13 to about 17/18. The foods in breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon and supper for this age group can be the same as that for children but the quantity needs to be modified as per their level of physical activity and BMI.

Adults - Meal plans for different age groups would also involve planning a nutritive diet for active adults – male and female in the family. The breakfast can begin with bran flakes, porridge or oatmeal taken with 200ml of skimmed milk. Fruit juice or a cup of coffee/tea can be the beverage. For a quick lunch at office, a sandwich prepared with granary bread, olive oil based spread and vegetables/chicken/tuna in natural yogurt as also some fresh salad can be taken. Mid after noon or early evening snack if taken should be light – an oatcake with coffee or a seasonal fruit is a good choice. The supper as described above can be taken with the family.

Elderly - A homemaker who has a good idea of caloric requirements of family members can effectively make meal plans for different age groups including very old elderly people in family. Moderately active and reasonably healthy old people can take the meals as described above for adults though the quantity again needs to be moderated. At times therapeutic diet may be required for people afflicted with certain diseases. While preparing meal plans for different age groups, the homemaker may consult a doctor or nutritionist to include healthy foods in diets of elderly.

Meal plans for different age groups can be prepared well with a good knowledge of caloric and nutritional needs.
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