Posted by Dr. Della Parker on March 5, 2019
It’s incredibly important to make sure your kid gets all the nutrition they need to stay healthy and growing. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to convince kids to want to eat what they need to eat. Here are a few healthy snacks and tips on how to prepare them to be appetizing to your little one.
Berries are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and other antioxidants like anthocyanins. For fruits that are lower in sugar, you can stick to blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. When berries aren’t in season, you can purchase them frozen and unsweetened, then use them to make a delicious smoothie.
Beans, beans the magical fruit! Beans are loaded with protein and fiber, they’re cheap, and they’re easy to prepare. Canned black beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans are also low in sodium, making them an even healthier choice. Use beans in your quesadillas in the place of meat or toss beans in pasta for high-quality lean protein with the added benefit of fiber.
One large egg has 6 grams of protein and delivers vitamin D, vitamin B12 and iron. That’s something! Some eggs are also fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in kids’ brain development. Offer eggs to your kids scrambled, in egg salad, or egg casseroles.
Avocados are known for high in monosaturated fats – a healthy fat that decrease inflammation and keep cholesterol levels healthy. Fat moves through the digestive tract slowly, so it keeps kids full longer. Avocados can also be eaten in a number of ways. On it’s own is good, but you can also spread it on toast or blend it in with a smoothie. It’s great in chicken or tuna salad or used for a pasta sauce. Avocados are also a wonderful first food for your baby.
These sweet treats are packed with vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Limiting salt and increasing potassium keeps blood pressure and hearts healthy. The sweet flavor is appealing to kids and they’re easy to prepare. When you’re short on time just ash a sweet potato, poke some holes in it and microwave it for 3-5 minutes. Slice it lengthwise, let it cool, then serve it to your child.
Bring your kid to their doctor regularly.
As always, regular visits to the doctor are an incredibly important part of maintaining health – especially for children. At Stellar Health & Wellness you’ll find experienced and caring professionals prepared to help you in any way they can. The professionals at Stellar Health & Wellness are ready to give you the care you need and deserve. Our staff will work in tandem with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms, concerns and lifestyle. The team at Stellar Health & Wellness can put you on the path to a happier, healthier you. When you’re ready to focus on your wellness, call Stellar Health & Wellness at 503-344-6631 to schedule and appointment or to become a new patient, fill out our New Patient Application here.
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