Kids don’t usually like what’s best for them. Most kids would have ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if they could, but that’s not necessarily good for them. As parents, we need to do our best to feed them properly and teach them what a balanced diet is and looks like.
It can be tricky to feed your kids all the nutrients they need, and as a parent, you need to be creative about how to feed them what is good for them. So, without further ado, let’s learn some of the best food you can feed your kids.
Beans are commonly known as a humble superfood, and this is because they are loaded with fiber and proteins. On top of that, they are also really cheap, and they don’t take long to prepare. Always buy the low sodium variety of canned beans. When you remove them from the can, you can rinse them with fresh water to remove the extra sodium.
Beans are very versatile, and you can even buy pasta that is made of beans that will trick your kids into eating them. Kids need an average of 25 grams of fiber per day, and this is to promote healthy gut health, and fibers are known to promote healthy digestion.
Avocado is an easy way for you to introduce healthy fats into your kid’s diet. The fats move slower through their digestive tracks, which means they are packed for a longer period of time. Before it became crazy that white women could die, minority communities and mothers have been feeding their kids avocado for decades, if not centuries now.
Avocados are also known to be high in monounsaturated fats, and this is known to decrease inflammation and keep one’s cholesterol levels healthy. Avocados, just like beans, are also versatile, and you can put them in literally anything and tick your kids into eating them. You can make it into a smoothie or even into baby food, which is a great way to develop your kids’ palate at a young age.
As an Indian Kid, who grew up in the Bronx, I grew up being on yogurt because my mom thought it would make me grow. I don’t know how much that works with my 5’10 height, but yogurt is good for your overall health. It is the perfect snack, breakfast, and dessert that you can have at any time of the day.
Yogurt is not only filling, but it is also healthy, and it contains protein and vitamin D that your kid needs. We recommend buying greek yogurt with zero added sugar, and they usually have twice the protein of regular yogurt. They are good probiotics and are packed with good bacteria, which is important for healthy gut health.
To make your yogurt stand out, then you can add a couple of fresh berries or fruit and some granola. Dress them up to make them more attractive for your kids.
4. Nuts and seed
You can make this become your kids’ new crunchy snack if they are not allergic to nuts. Nuts have everything that you need; they are the trifecta and have fiber, healthy fats, and protein. Try mixing and matching nuts and seeds to get a wide ray of textures and flavors. Mix chia seed, walnut, sunflower seed, pecans, cashews, and even almonds.
Nuts are high in minerals and magnesium, which is crucial for energy production and bone development. At the same time, other nuts and seeds like chia seed, walnut, flaxseed, and pecans are high in Alpha-linoleum acid, a type of omega-3 fat that our body can’t naturally produce.
I’m a big egg advocate; I grew up vegetarian, and after indulging in meat during my 20’s, I decided to be vegetarian again when I turned 30. Eggs, especially free-range and bio eggs, are great for you. 1 large egg usually contains 6 grams of proteins and has Vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron.
Eggs are also fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, and they are known to aid in a child’s brain development. I have one hard-boiled egg alongside my oatmeal every day, and I’ve been doing this since I was a young kid. So, if you are buying eggs for your kids, invest in the good ones and buy free ranged and bio eggs.
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