There’s one thing that only parents know- how difficult it can be to feed your child! If not careful, a child can quickly develop habits for foods with high sugar content and low healthy values. Though it might be daunting to find foods your kids will enjoy and benefit from, there are some sure-fire foods to incorporate into their diet that will give you peace of mind.
A great way to start the day is to avoid sugary cereals or breakfast fruit tarts. A quick and easy replacement is low cost and full of protein- Eggs! Whether they are boiled, scrambled, deviled or more, eggs contain high amounts of protein, Vitamin A, B12, D, E, K and B6 and are a fantastic jumpstart to the day of any sprout growing strong!
Since eggs might not fill up a pre-teen or young adult, bananas are another great breakfast food that is fun to eat and easy to clean. Bananas are high in potassium and come in a nature-made wrapper for convenience. Bananas are also great for midafternoon snacks or something to eat after a long day at school.
Though it may be surprising, a recent study found that 83% of kids have a similar favorite vegetable - Broccoli! The little green veggie is a great side dish for almost any dinner and is worth including with its high amounts of Vitamins C, A, and E. If you’ve got a protein and starch picked out for dinner, why not add a little broccoli to the mix?
Any food that requires movement can be made fun to kids. Dips are a great excuse to have a little fun with snack time. Though many dips are loaded with sugars or sodium, there are some healthy alternatives. Hummus is a health conscious alternative to cheese or meat based dips. It contains high amounts of Vitamin B-6, riboflavin, and niacin helping fulfill your child’s daily nutritional needs.
One thing that most kids definitely have in common is a taste for something sugary in a rarely satiated sweet tooth. It’s very easy to make a misstep and feed your child something that is too much in the wrong direction, but there are good alternatives. Yogurt is a filling snack that can be sweet and is rich in calcium. It is also a sneaky vessel for the added health benefit of additional fruits like strawberries or blueberries. Next time you’re asked for ice cream, why not go for yogurt?