We as parents know that a balanced diet is crucial in our children’s development. Sure, but what is it made up of? Below are some basic nutrients your children need every day:
Commonly the most deficient component in children. It aids growth and the lack of it may potentially lead to cognitive and motor delays. Foods that are rich in iron include dark meat, leafy vegetables, iron-packed cereals, nuts, and etc.
Children should pass motion approximately once a day or every three days. Fibre is the vital nutrient that facilitates that process. It also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease when they enter adulthood. Some fibrous foods to eat are chickpeas, lentils, bananas, and etc.
An important nutrient for the development of healthy bones and teeth, but that’s not all it does. A sufficient dose of calcium is great for the muscle, nerve, heart, and the clotting of blood. Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese), tofu, sardines, Brocolli, and etc are wonderful options.
This nutrient does so much for your child’s body. It helps convert food into energy, ward off infection, transport oxygen, build cells, and etc. Never put your children on a vegan diet. It is dangerous and may weaken their immune systems. Feed them poultry, eggs, fish, beans, or even peanut butter if they are picky eaters.
Eat the rainbow
These are by no means the exclusive nutrients your children need. They are absolutely essential, and you should always strive to nourish them with other important nutrients such as Vitamin A-D, folate, Omega-3, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. If you’re worried about not being able to plan your children’s nutritional intake, let Pediasure take care of that for you. Alternatively, you may feed them foods of as many colours as possible; eat the rainbow!