Healthy foods for kids
Even though it is sometimes hard to make children eat healthy foods, parents need to be persistent and find new ways to make their children eat healthy foods. Sometimes, a parent will just give up and let their child eat nothing but things they like, such as pizza, French fries, and soda.
However, there are healthy foods that children like, the parent just needs to find out what they are.
Children need to avoid foods that are high in calories and fat and look for foods that have a lot of fiber, calcium, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.
For example, milk is something that a lot of children like to drink. It seems that younger children tend to drink more milk because they have not left the house yet and developed a taste in school for soda and fruit drinks instead.
Milk provides calcium, vitamin D and protein, which every child needs.
Especially if they are not eating foods that are high in calcium regularly, a child should be drinking in between two and four glasses of milk each day.
Apples are great as snacks because they are sweet and juicy. They also contain a lot of vitamin C and hardly any calories.
It is important to get the child to eat apples with the peel, because most of the fiber is located in the peel. Even applesauce has a lot less fiber than a whole apple, and it also has more sugar and calories, so it is best to teach a child to like eating whole apples.
Many parents worry that peanuts can cause allergies and that they are high in fat. Even though peanut butter has a lot of fat, the fats are mostly mono and poly-unsaturated, which is a lot better than saturated fats.
Some brands of peanut butter also provide children with good amounts of vitamin A, iron, vitamin E, B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc and cooper. It is also an excellent source of protein.
YogurtThis is a good alternative for children that do not drink a lot of milk, because yogurt is also a great place for them to get their needed amount of calcium.
It is best to give a child yogurt with live active cultures, which is low in fat and does not have a lot of sugar added to it. The best and healthiest kind of yogurt also has probiotics added to it.