THE BIG 3 Summer Super Foods For Kids
Summer is the gateway to launching your child into the world of nutrient-dense, tasty, colorful, and super healthy foods. Recharge your child’s brain power and increase energy levels by providing the maximum amount of nutrition per serving. These foods will help decrease the risk of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and cancer.
Eggs are packed with protein, rich in vitamin B complex, A and D. Hardboiled organic, cage-free eggs are a great choice to prepare in bulk. They are quick and easy to make and can be served for any meal.
Packed with fiber-rich whole grains and protein, oatmeal is an excellent mid-summer choice. Oatmeal digests slowly which will keep your child’s insulin levels more stable throughout the day. The less processed oatmeal, such as steel cut and old-fashioned rolled oats, the better on maintaining blood glucose levels and preventing from “carb crashes”.
When it comes to kids, the best thing about Super Foods is that they are naturally colorful. Fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of phytonutrients that give them brilliant colors. The good news is that kids equate taste with these bright colors. Have fun with this by getting your child involved in helping you prepare a fast and easy creative dish which shows off the food rainbow.
Quick and easy delicious Super Food plates:
- Greek yogurt with an assortment of berries and granola,
- Frozen yogurt berry popsicle,
- Fruit and yogurt smoothies,
- Fresh fruit chunks with peanut butter,
- Dried fruits.
For more information on helping your child obtain overall SUPER HEALTH, please visit: www.douglashaddad.com.
Douglas Haddad, is a clinical nutritionist, full-time public school teacher in Connecticut and the author of parenting/child guidance book Save Your Kids…Now! The Revolutionary Guide To Helping Youth Conquer Today’s Challenges and co-author of Top Ten Tips For Tip Top Shape: Super Health Programs For All Professional Fields.
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This post originally appeared on our July/August 2013 Magazine