With school around the corner, these 10 superfoods make for perfect additions to your kiddo’s lunches. Vitamins and minerals included!
“Conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes could be prevented if we start teaching our kids better nutrition from day one,” says Robert Pomahac, DC, founder of MaxHealth (maxhealthla.com), a holistic health center in Los Angeles, and father of two young boys. Combining his professional knowledge and dad experience, Pomahac explains why these are his top 10 superfoods for kids:
Ten Superfoods + Why They’re Important
- Avocado: A great source of good fats, which aid a child’s development and growth.
- Eggs: Versatile, easy to prepare, and rich in protein and choline, which is vital for brain development.
- Seaweed: Chock full of iodine, necessary for healthy thyroid function but often in short supply.
- Açai berries: High in healthy fatty acids, proteins, and antioxidants, and tasty in a kid’s morning smoothie.
- Fiber: Kids need between 19-38 grams per day, to slow absorption of sugar and keep intestines clean, but most aren’t getting enough-easy to add to a fruit shake.
- Cottage Cheese (full fat): One cup contains 9 grams of fat (which doesn’t make kids fat), concentrated protein, vitamin B12, plus calcium and phosphorus, important minerals for building strong bones.
- Nut Butter: Delicious almond, cashew, walnut, or hazelnut butters provide protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that help prevent cancer.
- Bananas: Yummy and rich in potassium, good for healthy blood pressure, arteries, bones, and the heart.
- Spinach: An excellent source of iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins A and C-all great for growing bones and brains.
- Sweet Potatoes: Packed with vitamins B, C, and E, calcium, potassium, iron, and fiber, as well as complex carbohydrates to keep energy levels stable.
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We agree with Robert on this one. By starting the conversation of good, nourishing food early on, kids are more likely to make healthy food choices as they grow, thereby strengthening their immune system and well-being.
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