Consumption of nutritional food is a must for human beings of every age.
However, the need expands when it comes to children. A child’s body require adequate nutrition in order to grow and develop a healthy body. Therefore, kids should be regularly provided with food that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Children should avoid consuming processed food and snacks. These are loaded with an excess amount of refined sugars. Consumption of processed food can debilitate their immune system, and adversely affect their health over time.
The kind of food they will consume will directly affect the development of their body and mind. But kids love eating junk like chips, chocolates and pizzas. it’s very difficult to feed them healthy. Here’s the list of Top 8 healthiest foods for kids and how you can make your child eat them.
The importance of ‘milk’ is such that, the moment a child is born, he or she is feed milk and no other thing. Milk plays a very important part in healthy development of a child. Milk is an excellent source of calcium, which helps in bone development. It’s also a good source of vitamin D, protein and phosphorus. Although milk is liked by many children, if your kid doesn’t like it, you can serve it with dark chocolate to make it their favourite drink.
Yogurt is a good source of protein and vitamin D, which many children are deprived of. Yogurt is a good breakfast and snack option. However, you should ensure that it’s plain and not sweetened. To make it taste good, you can add berries, grapes or any other fruit your child likes.
3- Whole grains
Whole grains delivers a nutrient which is essential for your child to remain full. And it is, fibre. Fibre also helps in proper digestion of food and ensures the absorption of all nutrients in the blood. Try buying products with whole wheat or whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole wheat pasta etc. You can also use whole-wheat flour instead of normal wheat flour (or maida) when baking pizza or pancakes.
4- Green veggies
If you can get your child eat ‘green veggies’- kuddos! Because most children don’t like it at all. However, green veggies and mainly leafy vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin K and Iron. While other veggies provide vitamin C and vitamin A. Hence, the consumption of vegetables for a human body is a must. If your kids doesn’t like eating it at all, you can serve them the same in alternative ways that can make them fall in love with it. Make delicious toasts by adding broccoli, cucumber, carrots or capsicums. You can also add veggies in pizza (with whole-wheat base.)
5- Sweet potatoes
sweet potatoes are appealing to people of all age. And the best part is that it’s not unhealthy snack option. Instead, it is loaded with Vitamin A, fiber and potassium, which keeps heart and blood pressure healthy. Instead of serving your child ordinary potato, which is rich in carbs, you can serve them sweet potato by simply microwaving/boiling and slicing it.
Fruits are a tasty breakfast and snack option. Different fruits provide different nutritional values. However, it’s a great source of natural sweetness, which can help one avoid added sugar. You should feed your child fruits from very young age, so they develop a healthy-food eating habit. Fruits can be made for delicious by making fruit chats of the favourite fruits of kids , and sprinkling some Chat masala over it.
An egg contains 6 gms of protein, and is rich in iron, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Egg is a healthy breakfast option for your kid. You can serve them boiled egg, omelet or egg salad.
Oatmeal is a rich source of Fibre and Protein
Children who eat oats in breakfast, are likely to have better memory than those who don’t.
You can serve your kid oats in 2 ways. One, by adding little salt. Two, by making oat shake, (adding milk and brown sugar or honey).
Apart from these, dry fruits and flax seeds are good options too!