Parenting involves a whole mess of lessons. Teaching your children them, learning some yourself. Parents for Purpose is about covering those topics, from early childhood development on, and supporting you in the journey. Today’s entry is related to diet and superfoods for kids. Enjoy!
As a parent, you certainly want the best for your children in every area of their lives. You want them to feel loved, be healthy, have good friends, and feel peace and happiness. Chances are, you invest a good bit of time teaching them how to take care of themselves. You teach them right from wrong, how to take responsibility, and how to make better food choices. Getting them off of their devices and encourage them to get outside and get some fresh air. You make them take a bath, even when they look you square in the face and say, “But I’m not that dirty.”
In case no one has told you in a while, you’re doing a great job as a parent. Your kids may not fully understand the good influence that you are on them, but one day they will.
When it comes to healthy eating, a great way to give your child’s immune system a boost is to give them superfoods regularly. We all know that most kids tend to gravitate toward junk food and sugar, but the good news is that once they’re introduced to some superfoods, they’ll gravitate towards them to.
Why? Because they taste good and their body will actually begin to crave such healthy foods.
You ready to charge up your child’s immune system?
5 Superfoods for kids
1. Acai berries
Acai berries are superfoods for kids because they are full of antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, and protein. Put them in a bowl and watch your children fall in love with them. They also go good in a smoothie, salad, or add to Greek yogurt or a fruit salad.
Most kids absolutely love blueberries. They’re very high in antioxidants and can help boost their immune system and brain power. Blueberries are known as superfoods for the brain, helping the brain stay sharp and healthy. Most kids love blueberries by themselves, but you can add them to Greek yogurt, a smoothie, oatmeal, or on top of cereal. If you live in a climate that supports the growth of blueberry bushes, consider planting several bushes so that you’ll have fresh blueberries every year.
Spinach is a superfood for kids that has plenty of carotenoid antioxidants that help improve the immune system. It’s also high in magnesium and Vitamin K, helping kids grow strong bones. Some kids may not think spinach is delicious by itself, so consider adding it to other foods. Include spinach leaves in a delicious salad or add them to a smoothie. You can also cut into small pieces and add to your pasta dishes.
Walnuts are superfoods for kids that can help with cardiovascular health and the immune system. If you happen to live in a region where walnut trees grow well, consider taking your kids to gather some when they are in season. Most kids love to forage for food. Add walnuts to your kids’ diet by adding them to smoothies, salads, protein bars, or having them handy in a snack dish.
Avocados are wonderful superfood for kids, as they are a good source of monounsaturated fat, which helps children develop their eyes, nervous system, and brain. It also includes high amounts of folate, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E. Slice up an avocado and let the kids eat a slice, add to a salad, or make guacamole and let them dip crackers or veggie sticks.
These are just a few of the many superfoods for kids that you can easily incorporate into their daily diet. There are plenty of other superfoods as well, including fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, beans and legumes, eggs, chia seeds, and various kinds of nuts.
If your kids are resistant to trying a certain superfood, explain to them how good it is for their mind and body. Then let them make an informed choice. You certainly can’t force most children to eat something, especially if they don’t like the taste of it. Some parents find it helpful to introduce various superfoods for kids gradually, instead of immediately changing their diet completely. Have an open discussion with your kids and ask them to help you make a list of some superfoods that they would like to try. Chances are they’ll like most of them.