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Daily dietary guidelines for children 9-11 years

A range of suitable foods and serving sizes
  • Pre-teens need a wide variety of healthy foods from the five food groups. How much food children need depends on body size and activity levels. 

  • Children aged 9-11 years should aim for 2 serves of fruit; 5 serves of vegies; 2½-3 serves of dairy; 4-5 serves of grains; and 2½ serves of lean meats, nuts and legumes. 

  • Children need lots of water – the cheapest, healthiest and most thirst-quenching drink. They need more water on hot or humid days and if they sweat a lot. Avoid soft drinks, fruit juices, flavoured milk and water, sports drinks and energy drinks. 


Food groups: daily serves of fruit, vegetables, cereals and grains

Fruit, vegetable and cereals serving examples
  • Fruit: 1 serve = 1 medium apple, banana, orange or pear; or 2 small plums, kiwi fruits or apricots; or 1 cup diced or canned fruit (no added sugar). Offer 2 serves a day.

  • Vegetables: 1 serve = ½ a medium potato (or sweet potato or corn); or ½ cup cooked vegies (broccoli, spinach, carrots, pumpkin); or 1 cup green leafy or raw salad vegies; or ½ cup cooked, dried or canned beans or lentils. Offer 5 serves a day.

  • Cereal and grains: 1 serve = 1 slice of bread; or ½ cup cooked rice, pasta, noodles, quinoa or polenta; or ½ cup porridge; or ⅔ cup wheat cereal flakes; or ¼ cup muesli; or 1 crumpet or small English muffin. Offer 4-5 serves a day. Wholegrain is best.


Food groups: daily serves of dairy, protein and ‘sometimes’ foods

Dairy, protein and 'sometimes' foods serving examples
  • Dairy: 1 serve = 1 cup (250 ml) milk (reduced fat or calcium-fortified soy); or 2 slices cheese; or ¾ cup (200 gm) yoghurt; or ½ cup ricotta cheese. Offer 2½-3 serves a day.

  • Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes: 1 serve = 65 gm cooked lean beef, lamb, veal or pork; or 80 gm cooked lean chicken or turkey; or 100 gm cooked fish fillet; or 170 gm cooked tofu; or 2 large eggs; or 1 cup cooked lentils, chickpeas or canned beans; or 30 gm peanuts, almonds or sunflower seeds. Offer 2½ serves a day.

  • ‘Sometimes’ foods: avoid foods containing high levels of saturated fat, sugar and salt (cakes, biscuits, chips and fried foods). You can include a small amount (7-10 gm) of unsaturated fats – for example, 1 tablespoon of nut butter or ¼ of an avocado.

  • Last updated or reviewed 02-12-2016