Getting your toddler or preschool-aged child to eat well can be a huge challenge, and many parents worry that their kids aren’t getting enough nutrients on a daily basis. These worries are exacerbated when your little one prefers a repetitive, bland diet, as many young children do! These five superfoods are kid-friendly and contain advantages that benefit young children in particular. Work them into your child’s menu, and rest assured that you’re feeding her wholesome ingredients with massive nutritional value.
- Blueberries. You’ve heard about the superfood properties of blueberries. These little, tart berries are packed with antioxidants, which can prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. New research suggests that they may also reduce one’s risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Combine those advantages with a link to increased brain function, and the fact that kids love them, and you’ve got a new addition to every morning’s breakfast cereal.
- Greek yogurt. Compared to conventional, commercial yogurt, Greek yogurt contains nearly triple the amount of protein, and far less sugar, making it a great snack to keep your child feeling full and energized. Plus, its healthy bacteria boost immunity and aid in digestion, which is crucial when your child is picking up every germy object he comes across!
- Cabbage. It can feel impossible to get your child to eat veggies, mainly because a lot of vegetables have a bitter taste that, while palatable to adults, is too intense for younger tastebuds. Cabbage has a more mild flavor that kids prefer, and it contains phytonutrients that reduce cancer risk, inflammation, and clears toxins. Julienne your cabbage and sprinkle on tacos, over noodles, and add to sandwiches.
- Salmon. Make sure to buy the wild salmon you find at the grocery store, which is lower in mercury than farmed salmon. Wild salmon contains omega-3’s, which are known to increase brain function and development, which is vital as your child is learning her ABC’s and 123’s in preschool each day!
- Cinnamon. There are many ways to flavor your child’s cereal, yogurt, applesauce, and oatmeal, but only one of them is low in calories and sugar, and actually regulates blood sugar, preventing some of those highs and lows in your child’s day. Use cinnamon as your flavoring for a wide variety of foods that you serve your child.
Try out one new food per week, introducing it into your child’s diet and seeing how he reacts. These five foods are very palatable to young children, so your little one may not protest! Tell us which recipes you like to add these ingredients to in the comments section.