Good for you

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For children, the years between 3 and 12 are a time of growth and development. So it is essential that they get a balanced diet which gives them enough energy and nutrients. And of course the dietary habits that we develop at this early age form the basis for later in life. A child’s energy needs are determined by their age, gender, weight, how fast they are growing, and how active they are. Children who are in school often do not receive the daily recommended amounts of essential nutrients (such as fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy products) and consume far too many high-energy products (kcal) with a low nutritional value.

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Children that have a healthy and balanced diet can concentrate better, are better able to learn and thus do better in school. So it is really in their interest to learn what a healthy diet looks like early on. This is good for their mind and bodies!

They get the percentage breakdown of the energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Children from 6 to 12 get 50-55 energy% from carbohydrates, 30-35 energy% from fats and 15 energy% from proteins. So it is very important to properly provide them with these three elements.

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The following nutrients are essential as part of the diet for school-age children:

Carbohydrates

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Your body uses this energy to breathe and to keep your heart beating. You use this energy to move, and do sports like football, dancing, cycling, playing outside...

Complex, slow carbohydrates (such as grains) are a good source of energy. Indigestible carbohydrates contain longer chains and are broken down slowly into glucose. They therefore give your body energy over a long period of time.

Did you know that healthy carbohydrates keep you alert mentally and even help maintain a healthy weight? This is because they contain fibres, meaning your body has to work harder to absorb them. This helps keep sugar highs and hunger pangs in check. Healthy choices are carbohydrate sources which contain many dietary fibres, such as whole grains.

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Fats

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Fats are important for adding energy, essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. Unsaturated (healthy) fats are essential for your child’s growth. They help ensure good gut flora and optimal digestion. Fat gives you energy, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

Proteins

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Proteins are the building materials of your body. They help you grow and also help with the maintenance, repair and immunity of your body. They are made up of different amino acids. The essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body on its own and thus have to be taken in daily with food.

We can divide proteins into animal and vegetable proteins. Animal: from meat, fish, eggs and dairy... and plant-based: from seeds, nuts and beans. Children need more protein because they are still growing fast...

Dietary fibres

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Dietary fibres reduce the risk of certain cancers. Fibres help promote good digestion, and together with enough liquid, they help with bowel movements, help us feel more full, and have a beneficial effect on the gut flora and on cholesterol levels in the blood. Dietary fibres are chiefly found in whole-grain products, pulses, vegetables, fruit, potatoes, nuts and seeds.

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Water

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Water is an essential component of the body. It is important to take in enough in order to maintain the water balance of the body.
Children need at least 1L of water/day.

Vitamins and minerals

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Vitamins and minerals are essential substances for different bodily functions, skeleton, growth, metabolism and tissue formation. They protect your body against illnesses.

TIP

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Don’t give your child too many saturated fats, and limit their intake of empty carbohydrates. Instead, choose high-fibre carbohydrates, essential amino acids and unsaturated fats. Is your child always hungry? Give them more fibre, liquid and proteins! And less sugar and “fast” carbohydrates!

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OATS & CEREALS

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Nutritional value

Per 100g

Energy (kJ) 1.917 kJ
457 kcal
Fats 17,6g
don't saturate 4,2g
Carbohydrates 63g
of which sugars 12,2g
dietary fibre 5,4g
Proteins 9,0g
Salt 0,59g

ENG Ingredients: cereals 61%: oats 36% (oat flakes*, oat flour*), spelt flour*, kamut flour*, spelt semolina*, sunflower oil*, cocoa butter*, raw cane sugar*, corn malt syrup*, acacia fibre*, pea protein*, molasses*, baking powder (baking soda), cinnamon*, spices*, tartar, sea salt *= from controlled organic cultivation. Can contain traces of nuts, eggs, soy and sesame seeds

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OATS & COCONUT

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Nutritional value

Per 100g

Energy (kJ) 2.112 kJ
505 kcal
Fats 24g
don't saturate 10g
Carbohydrates 60g
of which sugars 16g
dietary fibre 7,1g
Proteins 9,2g
Salt 0,51g

ENG Ingredients: cereals 53%, oats 32% (oat flour*, oat flakes*), spelt flour*, spelt semolina*, sunflower oil*, cocoa butter*, raw cane sugar*, coconut* 8%, corn malt syrup*, acacia fibre*, pea protein*, coconut flour, baking powder (sodium bicarbonate), tartar, sea salt, lemon oil*, sunflower lecithin*. *= from the cultivation certified organic May contain traces of nuts, eggs, soya and sesame

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OATS & CHOCOLATE

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Nutritional value

Per 100g

Energy (kJ) 1996 kJ
476 kcal
Fats 20.2g
don't saturate 5,7g
Carbohydrates 63g
of which sugars 17.5g
dietary fibre 6g
Proteins 8,4g
Salt 0,51g

ENG Ingredients: cereals 60% [oats 31% (oat flakes*, oat flour*) wheat flour*, barley flour*], sunflower oil*, cocoa butter*, cocoa syrup*, sugar syrup*. dark chocolate* (10%) (cocoa mass*, cane sugar*, cocoa butter*, flavouring (vanilla*), raw cane sugar*, corn syrup*, acacia fibre*), acacia protein*), acacia protein*), acacia protein*), acacia protein*), acacia protein*). peas*, molasses*, baking powder (sodium bicarbonate), cocoa powder, tartar, sea salt (*)= from controlled organic production

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" The biscuits LilaLou contain 60% high-fibre grains (oat, spelt, kamut) and thus provide numerous carbohydrates, dietary fibres, vitamins and minerals. They offer the ideal basis for a sensible and healthy snack! "