As a parent, we are sure you are aware of the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet for your growing child. As your child’s mind and body grows and stays so active, it really is important, and healthy diet is linked to better brain function as well. We, at The Tutoring Centerin Ocoee would like to share SEVEN superfoods to help keep your child in the best shape possible!
Spinach might be the superfood of superfoods. It is a great source of calcium, folic acid, iron, and vitamins A and C. How great are all of these things for a child’s growing brain and body? *It is also versatile. Putting spinach in a smoothie is a great idea, as the taste is not very strong. However, the smoothie will be green, so consider putting it in a colored cup. You can also throw spinach in with spaghetti sauce or quesadillas. For the most picky eaters there are even options for making a puree and adding it to other recipes.
Avocados have a great deal of fiber, to help prevent constipation, and vitamin E which may help to prevent cancer.
*Try guacamole dip with fresh vegetables, cucumbers are great for scooping. You can also puree avocado and put it into soups or put it in a smoothie. It really adds to the texture of the smoothie without changing the taste much.
Blueberries are so rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They help keep your kids from getting sick and they make an excellent topping for our next two suggestions.
Oatmeal helps to regulate blood sugar, keeps us full, and rids the body of bad cholesterol. Using rolled oats rather than instant is recommended. Often you will find additives in instant that are not present in rolled oats.
*Making oatmeal with milk instead of water will provide some extra thickness and sweetness. Try topping them with blueberries and cinnamon for a delicious and healthy combination.
Yogurt is a great source for protein and calcium, for stronger bones and teeth. It is a great aid to digestion and is recommended to help fight bacteria in the stomach and intestines.
*Add some fresh fruit to your child’s yogurt, including blueberries and bananas. If they desire a bit more sweetness, try using honey or granola as well.
Sweet Potatoes are a great source of vitamins B, C, and E. Not to mention the potassium, iron, and calcium they are packed with. They help prevent sugar crash and move along digestion.
*Try making sweet potato fries. You would prepare them about the same as you would if making french fries. Cook them in olive oil, add a bit of salt and pepper. Like traditional fries, sweet potato fries still go great with ketchup!
Salmon, ideally wild salmon, is a great source of omega 3 fats, which lower risk of heart disease as we get older, but also they are known to improve mood! This might be a great option for a two year old.
*Thinly slice and lightly fry the salmon to make fish sticks. These are a childhood favorite and can be made with fish that is good for our kids.
While experimenting through these suggestions, seeing just what your child most enjoys, it’s quite possible that you will find some new favorites as well! Remember that your child looks up to you, and will be a lot more excited about eating well, if you are excited too.
As for academic success, eating well is certainly a step in the right direction. You may find that your child needs some extra assistance in an academic area, and that is ok. The Tutoring Center is here for exactly that. Give us a call today, at (407) 614-5980 to see how we can help you!