There’s no shortage of healthy foods for children and most of it is very affordable, too. Give your child a head start on good health with the right types of food that they will actually like!
One of the best foods you can give your child is fruit, satisfyingly sweet and wonderfully textured. The apple, for instance, is pretty, tasty, and full of antioxidants. Apples help to lower bad cholesterol which is affecting more and more children due to all the processed and fast foods that they eat. Apples, as well as pears, can reduce the chances of a stroke by more than half. Blueberries, another beautiful fruit, have plant polyphenols that studies show can inhibit the development of fat cells while breaking down fat. They can give your child a head start on a healthy, trim body.
Root vegetables are full of nutrition and are delicious. Sweet potatoes have plenty of fiber, the good complex carbs children need for energy, vitamins B and C and carotene. An added advantage is that they can satisfy a sweet tooth. They are not only inexpensive, they are very versatile and at the top of the list of all vegetables when it comes to nutritional value.
Green vegetables are essential for a child’s health. Most children love broccoli, which has fiber, calcium, and phytonutrients that reduce the chances of developing heart problems and diabetes, vitamin C, and potassium. Green veggies are great raw with ranch dressing or Italian, steamed and included in whole wheat pasta with reduced fat Alfredo sauce, in salads, mixed with other greens with slivered almonds.
Nuts, especially almonds are full of vitamins and minerals and are great for the body when eaten in small amounts. You can include them in trail mix, sprinkle them on salads, even top casseroles with them.
Dairy is another essential healthy foods for children and yogurt is one of the most versatile foods in the group. It has probiotics for good digestion as well as calcium. Get plain nonfat or low fat yogurt. You can use it for parfaits with almond slivers and blueberries, squeeze lemon and honey into plain yogurt for a sweet healthy treat, and freeze it in popsicle forms for a delicious summer snack.
If you make these healthy foods for children available they will disappear quickly as well as helping your kids lead healthy, happy lives.