Parenting - Infant care | 1-5 yrs

10 Superfoods For Toddlers And Kids

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Your toddler needs the right combination of calories and nutrients to enable optimal physical and mental development. While these can be provided by a variety of foods, we give you our list of 10 superfoods.

You couldn’t go wrong if you gave your child an egg a day. They are high-protein foods that also have vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium. Oatmeal is high in energy, easy to digest and a natural laxative.

Five servings of vegetables and fruits every day is a must. According to an article tited What Are the Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables for Kids?, published in healthyeating.sfgate.com: “Eating fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colours will provide a wide range of nutrients that help keep kids healthy.”

Tomatoes build stronger bones and boost the immune system, while cabbage is good for the digestive system and flushes out toxins. Of all fruits, blueberries have the highest amount of antioxidants.

Fish contain omega-3 essential fatty acids which boost brainpower. Did you know that black beans have 10 times the antioxidants oranges have? Milk is one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin D. Packed with protein and essential fats, nuts make a nourishing snack.

If you are wondering how to get your child to eat these superfoods, here is a tip from www.idiva.com quoting Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor: “The more creative the meal is, the greater the variety of food they can choose from.”

To find out more about these superfoods, read this ClipBook, which is a curation of interesting links.  

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Why A Nutritious Diet Is Essential For Kids And Toddlers

Children have different dietary needs than adults. Parents should maximize their nutritional intake with superfoods so that kids and toddlers can be healthy.

Eggs

Eggs offer protein, and they're one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Eating protein at breakfast helps kids feel satisfied longer (no mid-morning hunger pangs).

Oatmeal

Some of the health benefits of oatmeal for babies include high in energy, easy to digest, improved immune system, good supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and not the least, a natural laxative.

Fruits And Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables benefit kids in many ways, including improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance, but most children don’t get the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Nuts

Packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, nuts are one of this season's best buys. A golf ball-sized portion (about 30g) of unsalted nuts makes a vitality-boosting snack and, unlike most other options, contributes a mix of valuable vitamins a...

Milk

There are several benefits from drinking milk other than just ‘strong bones’. Milk does provide valuable nutrients that kids need during their development.

Tomato

The health benefits of tomato for babies include supply of vitamin A, good source of antioxidants, building stronger bones, strengthening the immune system, remedy for acidosis and reducing the chance of lead toxicity in children.

Cabbage

Not many people appreciate the humble cabbage. But the fact is that cabbage is not just good for your health, but also makes a great addition to your baby’s diet.

Fish

There’s good reason to add healthy fish to your toddler’s plate. Fish is low in saturated fat and high in protein, vitamin D, and many of the B vitamins.

Black Beans

Black beans don’t immediately spring to mind as baby food. But once you discover just how useful a part these little legumes can play in the diet, you’ll be wondering why you never considered adding them to baby’s menu before.

Blueberries

Blueberries taste great just eaten out of hand, or added to cereal, baked and frozen desserts, fruit salads, and more. The antioxidants and vitamins contained in these little berries can help you live longer and look better.

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