In this period of life, eating becomes a social activity. Your children may spend more time at school than at home, eat meals at friends’ houses, and imitate their classmates’ eating habits. When you’re not around to check their choices, it can be tough to guarantee they’re getting enough nutrition, so try to stick to regular family mealtimes. As children grow, they require the same nutritious foods that adults do, as well as additional vitamins and minerals to support their developing bodies. This includes whole grains (whole wheat, oats, barley, rice, millet, quinoa); a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables; calcium (milk, yogurt, or lactose-free equivalents); and healthy proteins (fish, eggs, poultry, lean meat, nuts, and seeds). Variety is the essential word for kids aged 5 to 12. Healthy eating habits can be maintained with the help of creative serving ideas.