Keeping it Neutral: Nutrition in Kids

Physical fitness has as much to do with staying active, as it has to do with the kitchen. Afterall, health and nutrition go hand in hand. Food choices that you make at a young age are sure to impact your well-being later in life too.

A nutrient dense diet can help solve health related problems. As a young parent, it is necessary to introduce your child to a nutritiously rich diet, as kids can be fussy when it comes to the foods they like to consume. Providing them with a balanced diet while managing their school, playtime and work can be a daunting task. Children are curious though, so you could start by telling them interesting facts about food. You could begin by familiarizing them with certain fruits and veggies that not only are heathy for your child’s brain development but also are likely to make them physically stronger.

Food doesn’t have to boring. You along with your toddler can experiment with healthy alternatives in the kitchen. Not only can you get your child to eat good quality food, but also get to spend some quality time with him/ her.

Here are some of the necessary nutrients that are essential to keep your child functioning and making sure that he/she strikes the right balance between the body and the mind:

Protein- Eggs, chicken, milk, chickpeas, lentils, and almonds, are a great source of protein.

Iron- Dates, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and fenugreek, white rice, and mushrooms are iron rich foods that one can consume regularly.

Vitamin A- Carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes are good sources of ensuring sufficient intake of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D- One of the best ways to get the right supply of Vitamin D into the body is by soaking in the morning sun. In terms of food, fatty fishes are a good source of Vitamin D.

Vitamin B12- Some of the Vitamin B12 rich foods include eggs, meat, fish, and dairy products.

Zinc- While Zinc is primarily found in oysters, some of the other Zinc rich foods include animal and dairy products along with a variety of nuts.

Calcium- Milk is one of the primary sources of calcium. Dairy products such as cheese and yogurts are also helpful in ensuring proper intake of calcium to the body.

What are the foods that you could avoid or keep the consumption in check, when it comes to your kid?

Avoid Processed Carbohydrates: Opt for brown breads and brown rice instead of their white counterparts. Yes, peanut butter on a slice of bread tastes heavenly but treat your children to it occasionally rather than making it a routine.

Be Wary of the Intake of Sugar and Sodium: When it comes to a balanced and nutrient rich diet, sugar and sodium don’t really complement healthy food intake. While it adds to the taste, consumption of sugar and sodium should be done in limited quantities. This is a great measure to eliminate any potential risk of obesity and diabetes.

If you are a young parent, you should give nutrition some ‘food for thought’!

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