Shortcut: Meal Management (pp. 274-276)

Shannon joins two of her classmates, Cara and Conor. Cara is busy studying the table of the recommended daily menu for a child’s first year in her course book. (See Tracks, p. 274)

Cara: It looks like babies need more than just milk when they are about six months old.

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Conor: The first three months are the most important ones when it comes to breastfeeding. The milk contains stuff that helps strengthen the child’s immune system.

Shannon: Another important thing is school meals. Many school cafeterias are bad.

Cara: Absolutely! They don’t have to serve boring sandwiches, crisps, and chocolate bars. They could choose wraps, couscous, soup, fruit and salad. Salads can be a good choice if you drop the dressing.

Conor: What about the after-school snack? It is common to grab a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps, but there are other possibilities such as a low-fat banana shake, for instance.

Cara: Or a piece of fruit or a smoothie.

Conor: Mum always tells me how important it is to sit down together at dinner. Now I see that it is more than the food, it’s being together as a family as well.

Shannon: Yeah, and think about how important this is to a child.

Cara: Another thing, we need to avoid all the fat food.

Shannon: Steamed or grilled food is better, for instance a char-grilled vegetable pizza.

Shortcut activity

All the statements are false. Write the correct version.

a) Breast milk is the only thing a child needs the first year

b) Shannon believes that most school cafeterias are excellent.

c) Most children grab a carrot or an apple for an after-school snack.

d) Conor’s mum tells him how important it is to sit down at dinner to digest the food better.

e) Deep-fried dinners are a healthy alternative for most families.