The question is, what exactly is a nutritious diet? The 11 superfoods mentioned below are things you will want to aim to include in your child’s diet.
1. Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are known to decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease. Broccoli is one vegetable that most children enjoy. It’s best eaten steamed until it gets a little tender. It can then be used alongside a main meal or as a healthy snack with a delicious dip. Asparagus is another one that is perfect for children. It’s the perfect healthy finger food and like broccoli, can be eaten either on its own with a dip or as an accompaniment to a main meal.
Many adults shy away from potatoes because they are not very diet friendly. However, when steamed they can be a delicious healthy and filling part of a meal. They include a lot of vitamin C and can go with practically anything. Sweet potatoes are even healthier and many children love the flavour.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as iron and calcium. They are full of potassium too which helps to counteract high sodium levels caused by eating crisps and salty snacks.
4. Wholegrain products
Wholegrain products provide healthy carbohydrates. Children need a good level of carbohydrates to provide them with enough energy. Complex carbohydrates found in wholegrain products are easier for the body to digest.
This isn’t something you’d expect to find on a super food list, but children’s needs are different. Cheese is packed full of vitamin B12, protein and calcium. It helps to keep their bones strong when eaten in moderation.
Eggs are a protein packed food source that contain Vitamin D. Not many foods contain Vitamin D but it helps the body to absorb calcium.
There isn’t just one set fruit that is classed as a super food. All fruit is good for your children and each features different vitamins and minerals. Provide them with a variety of fruit in their daily diets.
Nuts contain good fats and provide a lot of energy. They are a great healthy snack to include in your child’s diet.
Think back to when you were a child. There used to be a bottle of milk every day for children to drink at school. It’s such a vital ingredient that is sadly left out these days. Packed full of calcium, milk helps to keep your child’s bones strong and healthy.
Granted, Tofu isn’t exactly a number one food choice for adults, never mind children. However it has a whole range of benefits including anti-cancer properties. It’s especially beneficial for young girls as it helps with breast tissue development.
Salmon is packed with omega 3 fats and it’s linked to healthy brain development. It’s one of the healthiest things you can include in your child’s diet and there are many different ways to cook it.
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