Food Essentials for a Happy Healthy School Day
I don’t know about you, but if I let them, my kids might eat many different foods that may not all be healthy enough. Balancing their ever growing appetites with my desire to ensure a balanced child’s diet to promote healthy growth can be quite a challenge. But what exactly does a “balanced diet” look like? We all know that kids should eat fruits, veggies, whole-grains, dairy and lean meats but is that enough? Turns out, their diets not only have to balance food groups but also include certain nutrients to promote a healthy childhood. Here are a few nutrients that children should eat every day.
Our children’s growing bodies need protein to build cells, carry oxygen, help fight infections and breakdown other foods for energy. A few of the best sources of Protein include:
Carbohydrates are the number one way our bodies get energy which kids surely need for a demanding school day. Carbs also help our bodies build and repair tissue after injury so your child’s scraped knees will heal faster with an increased consumption of carbs. A few of the best sources of Carbohydrates include:
Too much juice and soda pop and not enough milk has led to nearly 35% of children not getting enough Calcium. Calcium is essential to developing bone growth and strength, which are almost entirely created during childhood and adolescence. A few of the best sources of Calcium include:
Iron helps with the flow of blood throughout the body and brain development - a chronic deficit of Iron can actually lead to learning delays and behavioral problems. A few of the best sources of Iron include:
On average, children are only getting 60% of the daily recommended amount of potassium. Potassium helps maintain blood pressure, fluid balance and muscle contraction. A few of the best sources of Potassium include:
Knowing which nutrients your child needs for a balanced diet can help you plan and prepare nutritional, fulfilling meals that promote a healthy childhood and establish wholesome habits that will last a lifetime.