Nutritious Foods for Kids
For most of the parents, buying and making healthy foods is pretty easy. It’s getting your child to actually eat those nutritious foods that’s the tough part! This makes mealtimes frustrating and leaves parents often wondering if their child is getting sufficient nutrients. If this is the case in your home, then read on because we’ve got five great healthy foods.
This nutty plant food is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids which are needed for optimal brain development. Flaxseed is sold full and ground, but research suggests that ground is absorbed by the body better. Try sprinkling ground flaxseed onto cereal or into the batter of sweet treats like Apple Upside-Down Cake or Banana-Cinnamon Waffles.
We know. You’re probably thinking there’s no way your child will ever touch tofu, right? Well, think again. Though not always a desired when served whole in dishes, tofu is a kid-pleaser when used to present a creamy base in smoothies and desserts like our Blueberry Power Smoothie and Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream. Tofu has a huge source of protein, B vitamins, calcium, and iron – all nutrients that kids frequently require more of for proper growth and bone health.
This spud is one of the mainly nutritious (and inexpensive) vegetables around. The Vitamin A in sweet potatoes keeps eyes healthy, and acts like an antioxidant in the body. Sweet potatoes are a favorite among babies because of their natural sweetness and attractive color, but they are often forgotten once kids get older.
It has plenty of good bacteria, also known as probiotics, is key to keeping little stomachs happy and healthy, and yogurt is a great source of this bacteria. Limit sugary versions aimed at kids because these are frequently lower in protein and good bacteria. Inspite, choose plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt and dress them up with a spoonful of honey and sprinkling of fresh fruit.
If salmon isn’t a food you would think to serve to your child, then you might want to think again this pink fish. Wild salmon is an awesome source of more-quality protein which children need for proper growth as well as those Omega-3 fatty acids that are necessary for brain development and heart health
Avocado is full of monounsaturated fats, the “good” fats that kids actually need in their diet regular. In fact, it’s suggested that 25 to 35% of kid’s calories come from fats, primarily the unsaturated ones. So how do you get your child to eat this creamy green fruit? We’ve found avocado goes over well with kids when served as a spread on wraps in place of mayonnaise or cream cheese.