Children's meals need to be nutritionally balanced and temptingly presented to encourage them to eat well.
Pre-school age children grow particularly fast and therefore need plenty of the right foods to give them the vital protein and energy they require: lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese, bread, beans, cereals and milk all supply these. It is very important that they should have milk every day as it provides calcium which is essential for growth of bones and teeth, as well as other minerals and vitamins: if your child does not like the taste of milk to drink, try making interestingly flavoured milk shakes and include plenty in sauces and puddings. Pre-school children often have small appetites, so offer them small, attractively served quantities of food rather than a daunting plateful — they can always come back for seconds. Young children's appetites also vary constantly— lots of activity in the fresh air makes them hungry, but on a rainy day spent indoors they may not want much to eat at all. Never force a child to eat more than it want