Menu plans and snacks

The sample menu below on page 31 of the "Nutrition matters for the early years: Guidance for feeding under-fives in the childcare setting" shows an example of how a child’s daily nutritional requirements could be met.

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Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Breakfast

Porridge with sultanas and milk

Glass of pure orange juice, well diluted

Weetabix with sliced banana and milk

Glass of pure orange juice, well diluted

Rice Krispies with milk

Slices of apple

Glass of pure apple juice well diluted

Ready Brek with chopped apricots and milk

Glass of pure orange juice, well diluted

Corn Flakes with milk

Mandarin orange

Glass of pure orange juice, well diluted

Mid-morning snack

(10:00am)

Milk

Wholemeal toast

Banana

Milk

Tinned fruit (in its own juice)

Whole milk yoghurt

Milk

Whole milk yoghurt

Kiwi fruit

Milk

Finger food selection

(slices of grapes, celery, red pepper, tomatoes)

Milk

Pancakes

Apple slices

Lunch

(12:00am - 1:00pm)

Water and milk available to drink

Fish pie

Peas

Rice pudding

Apple purée

Roast chicken

Mashed potatoes

Cabbage

Fruit crumble and custard

Irish stew

Mixed vegetables

Milk

fruit jelly

Vegetable curry

Sweetcorn

Naan bread/rice

Fruit salad

Lasagne

Salad vegetables

Stewed fruit and custard

Mid-afternoon snack

(3:00pm)

Milk

Vegetable sticks

Milk

Plain popcorn

Sliced pear

Milk

Bread muffin toasted

Banana

Milk Breadsticks

Cheese sticks

Milk

Fruit

Whole milk yoghurt

Tea

(5:00pm)

Water and milk available to drink

Sandwiches, eg egg, onion and tomato

Banana and custard

Tuna and sweetcorn pasta

Vegetable sticks

Fromage frais and raisins

Spanish omlette (onions, tomatoes and potatoes)

Sweetcorn

Semolina and tinned pears (in their own juice) 

Baked beans

Toast

Cheddar cheese

Dried fruit

Whole milk yoghurt

Couscous salad (salad vegetables, mixed beans)

Sliced hardboiled egg

Jelly and tinned mandarins

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