Superfoods for Kids

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Try adding one of these superfoods to your child’s meal every day and you will be adding a wide range of health benefits to their bodies. Habits that are formed at an early age usually last a lifetime; forming good food habits at a young age ensures a better understanding of health and what qualifies as acceptable as food intake over time.

1. Avocado

This is the only fruit that has good fats that lower the bad cholesterol, which are guilty of harming the heart. Avocados are also a great source of fiber, preventing constipation in your child. There is also a large amount of vitamin E in avocados, which has been known to prevent cancer. Mashed avocados with some lime juice are perfect for dipping crackers and vegetables and make a perfect spread for tacos or quesadillas.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries are packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They are also known to sharpen memory, lower cholesterol and fight cancer. For very young children, make a puree of blueberries and add to any dish. As they get older, encourage them to eat a handful daily. Tip: they taste great on pancakes.

3. Oats

This super grain prevents blood sugar crashes and spikes, can keep you full for a longer period and can help get rid of bad cholesterol. Use the old fashion rolled oats as they have more fiber and energy packed in them. Start kids young on an oatmeal breakfast and you will never regret this habit. Cook oats in milk and top it up with blueberries. Another way is to soak them in milk and fruit overnight, leave it in the fridge and have this creamy goodness for breakfast.

4. Spinach

We all know from the days of Popeye the Sailor Man that spinach is full of iron, calcium, vitamins A and C and folic acid – the perfect recipe for growing brains and bones. Spinach can be added to many recipes – soups, quesadillas, pasta and sandwiches. Use it whole or pureed.

5. Yoghurt

Packed with calcium, protein and probiotics, yoghurt helps to build strong bones and teeth. The probiotics in yoghurt helps in digestions and fights the bad bacteria in the gut. Make your own yoghurt or buy it, add fruit to it for sweetness and kids will love it.

Including these foods in your own diet will also help in making your kids want to eat it.

Happy Parenting!