Weekly Menu for Children from 6 to 12 Years Old

Setting up a good weekly menu for children is decisive in order to ensure that the body of little ones works optimally. Keep reading.
Weekly Menu for Children from 6 to 12 Years Old

Last update: 12 January, 2022

If you want to maintain a healthy diet at home, it’s important to consider planning a weekly menu for children. During childhood, it’s essential to ensure an optimal supply of nutrients to promote the growth and development of the little ones. Otherwise, some physiological functions could be affected and thus increase the risk of suffering from a disease in the medium term.

At the same time, it’s key to instill good dietary habits during the first stages of life. This way, it is easier to maintain them in the future and also reduces the chances of having to deal with the food rejections that are so common at this age.

Next, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to start changing your children’s eating routine today. Take note!

What should a weekly menu for children between 6 and 12 years old contain?

One of the main aspects to consider when planning a weekly menu is the protein intake of their diet. This is to satisfy the demands of this growth stage without incurring excesses.

According to a study published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, during childhood, it’s important to increase the consumption of proteins, as they’re essential nutrients for physical growth. Likewise, they play a very important role in maintaining homeostasis (balance) of the internal environment.

At least half of the proteins in a child’s diet must be of high biological value, that is, of animal origin. Ideally, they should be consumed accompanied by a good handful of cis-type fatty acids, such as the omega 3 present in oily fish.

Carbohydrates are also decisive at this stage, although in most cases, the contribution is usually sufficient. The key here is to prioritize complex type sugars and cut down on simple ones, such as those used to sweeten beverages and foods.

As for vitamins and minerals, there are usually deficiencies. In this sense, it’s best to increase the sources of vitamin C in the diet, as this element has been shown to enhance the function of the immune system.

Another essential vitamin is vitamin D, and it can be obtained from food (bluefish, dairy products, and eggs) or from regular sun exposure.

A porcupine sculpture made of fruit.

Example of weekly children’s menu

Next, we’re going to share with you an example of a weekly menu for children between 6 and 12 years old. This doesn’t mean that adaptations can’t be made according to individual preferences, as the most important thing is to try to personalize it to achieve better adherence. Take note!

Monday

  • Breakfast: Toast with sliced tomato and turkey. One serving of fruit
  • Mid-morning: A handful of nuts
  • Food: Baked chicken with sweet potato and broccoli
  • Snack: Yogurt with a couple of ounces of dark chocolate
  • Dinner: Turkey sautéed with vegetables and curry

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Mid-morning: Natural yogurt
  • Food: Grilled salmon with peppers and quinoa
  • Snack: Fruit and a slice of Serrano ham
  • Dinner: Scrambled eggs with mushrooms

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Toast with avocado and turkey
  • Mid-morning: A portion of fruit
  • Lunch: Vegetable salad with fresh cheese
  • Snack: Oatmeal pancakes with peanut butter
  • Dinner: Grilled fish with peppers and mushrooms

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Cream cheese beaten with oatmeal and nuts
  • Mid-morning: A handful of peanuts
  • Food: Quinoa with tuna and vegetables
  • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner: Sautéed minced meat and vegetables

Friday

  • Breakfast: Toast with peanut butter and banana
  • Mid-morning: Yogurt with almonds
  • Food: Grilled fish with beans and cooked potato
  • Snack: Dark chocolate and cheese
  • Dinner: Grilled eggs with quinoa and crushed tomato

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Yogurt with nuts and pineapple
  • Mid-morning: Piece of fruit
  • Food: Rice with vegetables
  • Snack: Yogurt
  • Dinner: French omelette stuffed with spinach

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal muffin with fruit
  • Mid-morning: Yogurt
  • Food: Minced meat and vegetable fajitas
  • Snack: Dark chocolate
  • Dinner: Salad with canned tuna and fresh cheese
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Try following an optimal weekly menu for children

As you’ve seen, it’s easy to prepare a weekly children’s menu that ensures a supply of high-quality nutrients. Therefore, healthy growth and adequate development can be achieved so that children can perform well at school and during sports.

In any case, variations can be made to adapt the diet to the tastes of each young person. This is a key factor in ensuring adherence and continuity.

Finally, remember that you need to promote other healthy lifestyle habits, such as a good night’s rest. Children at this age should get at least 8 hours of sleep each night and maintain a quality rest. To do this, they must go to bed early and reduce the use of screens in the hours before sleep.

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