Need to talk? Call 1800 882 436.
It's a free call with a maternal child health nurse. *call charges may apply from your mobile

Is it an emergency? Dial 000
If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately.

beginning of content

Five food groups

The best way for your child to eat healthy is to serve a variety of foods from each of the five food groups every day. Each food group has important nutrients that contribute to a healthy diet.

Children need healthy and nutritious food for growing minds and bodies. Eating a variety of foods from the five food groups provides them with enough nutrients that are essential for good health, growth and development.

The five food groups are made up of:

  • Vegetables and legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Lean meat, fish, poultry and meat alternatives
  • Grains and cereal
  • Milk, cheese, yoghurt and dairy alternatives.

Vegetables and legumes/beans

Find out why veggies are good for kids, when your favourite veggies are in-season and tips for fussy eaters.


Find out when fruits are in-season and some tips for serving them to your little ones.

Lean meat, fish, poultry and meat alternatives

Find out what varieties of protein there are and how you can serve them to your kids.

Grains and cereal

Find out how to include grains and cereals in your child's daily diet.

Milk, cheese and yoghurt

Find out how dairy much your kids should be having and some tips on how to include in their daily diet.

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

This information is for your general information and use only and is not intended to be used as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes.

The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

Except as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this publication or any part of it may not be reproduced, altered, adapted, stored and/or distributed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Healthdirect Australia.