Healthy eating isn't just important for adults, but children as well. Parents have to pay very close attention to what their children eat, since their developing brains require a lot of vitamins and minerals to grow and function. However, it can be challenging to get kids to eat healthy foods, since they tend to be very picky. Luckily, there are many dishes that are simple to make, delicious for parents and children alike, and packed with nutrients.
For example, Parenting Magazine recently published an article listing "superfoods" that children should (and will want to) eat.
Most important meal of the day
First, WebMD states that while adults need breakfast to do their best at work, children need it even more. Their growing brains and bodies depend on food, which it's why it's important for kids to eat regularly, including in the morning.
Keeping that in mind, Parenting listed many healthy foods that can also be used at breakfast. For example, the news source pointed out that eggs are a great source of protein and vitamin D. Protein will help children feel full and focused throughout the morning, and vitamin D is essential for bone health.
Along with eggs, parents may want to consider cooking oatmeal for their children in the morning. This food is rich in fiber, which is digested slowly and can provide kids with energy throughout the day. If your child seems a little resistant to oatmeal, then sprinkle some brown sugar and healthy nuts on it, like walnuts or almonds. These legumes contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may boost brain health and help feel kids focused.
Fruits and veggies are key
Along with important sources of fiber and protein such as eggs and oatmeal, it's important to make sure that kids get healthy fruits and vegetables. For example, blueberries are a great source of antioxidants, and many kids love their sweet taste. Another great fruit for kids are tomatoes, which contain lycopene to benefit heart health. Pair tomatoes with olive oil, which is both delicious and is full of omega-3 fatty acids.
Culinate has a list of healthy vegetables kids will love. For example, even though broccoli is one of the most notoriously kid-hated foods, studies have shown that changing what you call this veggie will help, so try calling them "dinosaur trees" and pairing them with a bit of low-fat cheese. Also, kids will go for carrots, artichokes, zucchini and basically anything if you pair it with ranch dressing. Just be sure to choose the low-fat variety.