For effective development and growth, it’s essential to make sure children consume the right nutrition groups.
Getting your kids to eat healthy food can be a task in the face of the ever alluring world of junk food. For effective development and growth, however, it’s essential to make sure children consume the right nutrition groups. Here are a few essentials for kids' meals.
Proteins and DHA in the egg are instrumental in promoting healthy brain development as well as muscle development. Not only are eggs easily available but they’re also easy to prepare.
Yogurt contains good bacteria that helps improve digestive health. Its rich calcium content also helps promote bone development. Yogurt also often contains healthy probiotics that can help keep intestines healthy along with vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, potassium and magnesium depending on the type.
Fruits and vegetables are the most essential part of a child's diet to ensure healthy development. Both constitute a multitude of vitamins, minerals and many healthy compounds to aid development. In addition they help boost the immune system while also keeping at bay most vitamin deficiency related diseases. Fibre from this fruit group is also essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Grains are a source of many healthy nutrients such as fiber, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate) and minerals (iron, magnesium and selenium). Fibre helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart diseases while also helping maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamins and minerals help promote healthy growth and development.
Nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats along with fibre and some vitamins and minerals. They help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. They also aid in brain development due to their healthy fat content.
Most fish are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient is essential for brain development and maintaining a healthy heart. Fish also contains proteins, a key ingredient to muscle development and optimum growth.
Milk is a rich source of calcium and protein, both essential for healthy growth and development. Milk is also rich in Vitamin D that aids in absorption of calcium promoting strong bones. Yogurts and cheeses further break into added health benefits through their own constitutions. For example healthy bacteria in yogurt promotes bowel health whereas the whey content in cottage cheese helps boost muscle growth, lower blood pressure, and reduce high cholesterol levels.
And then, your kids head straight for the dessert section. Kids, ice creams, yo. Give a little. It’s Sunday brunch after all.