Children at this age (school going children) need usually four to five meals. The child should be encouraged to get up about half an hour before breakfast. About twenty minutes may be needed for the meal. When the child goes to school, it’s a good idea to allow about half an hour between breakfast and school time for the child to get ready. Lunchtime should be midway between breakfast and dinner.
Children need a mid-morning as well as a mid afternoon snack.Some suggested nutritious light snacks are sprouted pulses/gram, fruits and roated legumes. Food items like candy, peppermint, soft drinks, ice cream etc. gives only calories (also termed as empty calories) and can also reduce the appetite so educate your children about the ill-effects of these foods.