Lifestyle - Food | 3-18 yrs

Foods Your Kids Should Have

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Kids are fussy eaters. There is no two ways about it. Now, how do we, as parents, ensure that the food we give to our children will provide them with their required nutrients without compromising on taste?

WebMD suggest some simple ways to reduce fat intake in your child’s diet and promote a healthy weight by serving healthy foods like. low-fat dairy products, lean cuts of meats, whole grain breads and cereals apart from fruits and vegetables. It also suggests reducing the amount of sugar sweetened drinks and salt in your child’s diet.

Take one of the healthiest foods your kids can have, anytime and anywhere – Oatmeal. A low calorie food, oatmeal is a great source of fibre and protein for growing kids. What’s more, it is instrumental in curbing food cravings in kids.

One of India’s top dieticians, Rujuta Diwekar swears by healthy foods such as dry fruits and chiwda and believes it is vital to fill your stomach with healthy foods.

When we talk about healthy foods kids should be having, nuts feature high on the list. Although, caution should be exercised as young kids may be allergic to some nuts, these are a powerhouse of nutrients. Try almonds, cashew and walnuts.

Eggs, boiled potatoes and cheese are other healthy foods for your kids. Remember, the food your kids have will impact their overall growth.

To know more about other foods your kids can have, flip through the pages of this ClipBook.

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Oatmeal

As a low calorie food, oatmeal stops cravings, provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein. Instead of adding sugar to make it more palatable, try honey, fresh berries, dried cranberries, granola or crushed walnuts...

Tuna Fish

Tuna fish is a wonderful source of Omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy type of fats that our bodies need. These essential fatty acids are important to brain function, growth and development...

Nuts

All nuts have different nutrition credentials and will offer various health benefits. Of course, caution should be used as younger children may not be able to consume certain types of nuts, because of choking hazards or potential allergies...

Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein but also contain important vitamins and minerals. Eggs contain Vitamin D, some iron and are rich in choline. Eggs can help the body absorb calcium, along with building and repairing muscles...

Yogurt

According to a University of Washington study, yogurt consumption leads to more fullness and less hunger. The less hungry you feel, the less you’ll eat. Childhood obesity is a major factor in high blood pressure and high cholesterol later in life....

Vegetables

There are a number of health benefits for kids when they eat more vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, red peppers, carrots, asparagus and celery should be included on a regular basis on the daily diet of kids...

Boiled Potatoes

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are low in calories and fat, and their high fiber content helps you feel full. Contrary to popular belief, pota...

Fruits

Fruits have long been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic dis...

Cheese

Low-fat cheese is another great source of calcium. Melting cheese on top of vegetables combines the forces of 2 healthy foods into one (bonus points if you add the mix to a baked potato)...

Peanut Butter

Assuming your child doesn't have a peanut allergy; peanut butter can be a way to provide protein and fiber in your child's diet. Peanut butter sandwiches are a popular choice for children but you can also use it as a dip for fruits, such as apples...

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