One of the most valuable investments we can make in our children is feeding them nutritious foods. Our children need proper nutrition to help the grow and feel happy and healthy.
Getting them to want and love nutritious foods can be another story. But, there are many highly-nutritious foods that are great tasting, too…you just need to know where to look!
Here are seven amazing superfoods for kids to nourish their growing bodies:
Blueberries are a Wonder Fruit, and a kid favorite. Packed full of brain-boosting antioxidants, this tiny fruit boasts the ability to improve brain & nervous system function and protect against heart disease. Good enough to snack on plain, blueberries can also be enjoyed as a fruit puree (for babies and younger ones, especially) or as a compliment to oatmeal or breakfast cereal. Don’t forget smoothies!
You might guess from the rich orange color of the sweet potato, that this vegetable is one the most nutritious in the land. The skins are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. The sweet potato itself is a great source of beta carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
Now, how to get your kids to eat this healthy treat? Dress up cooked sweet potatoes (mashed or oven-baked) in a casserole with cinnamon and light maple syrup, or bake as french fries with a dash of salt.
Not all fats are bad. Case in point- the avocado. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats (read: “good” fats) that help lower “bad” cholesterol which can hurt the heart. Avocados are also full of vitamin E, which protects against many diseases and benefits overall health.
For little ones, mix mashed up avocados with bananas for a delicious, sweet treat. For slightly older ones, make guacamole or mix avocado into quesadillas.
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you and your children can eat because it is high in protein, low in fat, and high in omega-3s, which can reduce risk of heart disease. *Smart buying tip: Choose wild salmon to reduce your child’s contact with mercury or other toxic substances like PCBs.
For a fun eating experience, dip strips of salmon into bread crumbs and bake as healthy fish sticks.
Your kids may think Quinoa is just funny-looking rice. Really Quinoa is like the Super Hero of grain. Why? First, because it is also a “perfect protein” (contains all 8 essential amino acids). Second, it is gluten free!
Quinoa and eggs can make a delicious breakfast treat, while quinoa can also be used in a casserole with other yummy veggies and cheese.
Broccoli contains calcium, fiber, cell renewing properties…it even improves you children’s eyesight. The best nutritious comes from eating this veggie raw. Some kids will go for this plain, but most will need you to dress up Mr. Broccoli a bit.
Add a small side of ranch dressing, or a little bit of melted cheese…yum! For smaller ones, steam the broccoli, or steam and mash it up!
Oats are a good source of protein, and eating rich, smooth, hot oatmeal is a great way to start the day.
Children, old and young, can enjoy that oatmeal is easy to digest. Oatmeal can also be dressed up with other ingredients (milk, raisins…even other superfoods like blueberries!) for the ultimate experience.
Oatmeal makes it easy for your children to enjoy a breakfast rich in fiber, Vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium. Thanks, Oatmeal!