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FEEDING THE FAMILY

    MENU PLANNING

    Meal planning involves choosing a menu or a list of foods that will be included in a meal.

    FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE MEAL PLANNING

    • Age of family members
    • Occupation or activities of family members
    • Health condition of family members
    • Size of the family
    • Likes and dislikes of the family members
    • Season of the year
    • Money available
    • Equipment or facilities available
    • Time available
    • Locality or place where family resides

    GUIDELINES FOR MEAL PLANNING

    • The meal must contain all the necessary food nutrients. Each of the basic food groups must be represented
    • When possible, choose foods that contain a variety of nutrients
    • Provide for the nutritional needs of all family members in the meal plan
    • Avoid monotony by varying foods
    • Buy the best foods your money can afford
    • Plan meals several days ahead of time so as to save money and time
    • Make use of foods in season and buy good quality foods

    PROCEDURES FOR MEAL PLANNING

    • Plan all the day’s menu (breakfast, lunch and supper) at the same time, at least 24 hours ahead of time
    • Select the main course or dish. The main dish is also called ENTREE
    • Make breakfast light but substantial
    • Include the following in a breakfast menu
    • Appetizer such as fruit or fruit juice
    • Protein such as egg, fish or any source of protein
    • Carbohydrates e. g. cereal dish as corn flakes, quaker oat, boiled yam or potatoes etc.
    • Plan lunch and supper as the main meals of the day
    • Make dishes for supper lighter than those for lunch, since people normally go to sleep after supper
    • Include the following in a lunch and supper menus:

    Menus

    • Appetizer: such as any drinking soup, if desired e. g. pepper soup
    • Main course/ dish: e. g. meat/ fish, melon and pounded yam/ gari/ semovita/ foofoo
    • Desert: e. g. pawpaw rings

    Assignment

    Explain the nutritional needs of a lactating mother

    See also

    BUDGETING

    SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF FOOD

    HEALTHY FEEDING AND EATING PRACTICES

    GOOD POSTURE AND EXERCISE

    THE TEETH, HANDS AND FEET

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