Having trouble getting your kids to eat healthy? When you package these superfoods into your kid’s menu you can be sure you are giving them the nutrients they need and show them great nutrition is just around the corner!
This superfood packs in vitamins A, C and K, iron, potassium, and calcium– kids can grow their own basil at home. toss it on pasta sauces or pizza! Its rich in plant chemicals like chlorophyll, and other happy mood plant compounds.
Add cocoa powder and honey to kefir for a healthy quick breakfast for kids who will not sit still to eat a meal. Or a cup of hot cocoa (at least 70 percent pure cocoa) promotes oral health and helps to protect delicate skin from sun damage over time. You can also sprinkle cocoa powder on fruit, snacks, and desserts for a healthy punch of flavor. Plant chemicals and antioxidants increase concentration and decrease inflammation!
Adults are not the only ones who suffer from high cholesterol, they just get checked more often than kids. Black beans help kids keep cholesterol levels down and provide plenty of calcium and protein to boot. Make a tasty black bean dip with some fresh veggies for a fun snack.
Superfoods like cinnamon are ones we don’t think of, it is great sprinkled on breakfast foods. it regulates blood sugar, which will keep energy from crashing after breakfast in the middle of a school day, tastes great and is so easy to use. Its natural sweetness is a plus and goes with so many foods and beverages!
Avocados are full of good fat. Kids need a daily diet of 30% monosaturated fat and a little avocado a day provides more than enough. Use it like ordinary mayo for a great mix-in to creamy dips and sauces or sliced fresh for an afternoon snack. Guacamole is a no brainer for kids!
Here is a switch, a tomato a day can keep cancer away. The plant version of vitamin A can best fight off all kinds of stressors and the potassium they contain helps to boost energy and stabilize hydration. In season tomatoes are amazing with basil and olive oil or lightly sautee’ for a very tasty sauce for pasta, fish or veggies!
These orange tubers are high in Vitamin A which helps kids develop healthy vision and eyes. They are delicious roasted, mashed or baked. For an amazing marshmallow flavor, use vanilla extract and honey for a not to be missed sweet treat.
Kids who start their day with oatmeal concentrate better in school all day. oatmeal breaks down slowly to give continual bursts of energy over a long period of time. Add honey, nuts, or chocolate chips to make it more kid-friendly.
Add these superfoods to your regular diet and let us know the difference you feel.
Source: Nicolette M. Pace MS, RDN, CDE, CBC,CDN, CFCS ,FAND founder of NutriSource Inc.