This Month's Issue
By: Alison Mitzner MD
Superfoods for You and Your Children
You probably hear the word 'superfoods' everywhere! So what are they? Superfoods are just that. Super foods! These are whole foods great for your health, packed with nutrients including antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Often, children are picky eaters and you may never expect them to eat a superfood. Not true! There are so many to choose from all year round that are good for your children (and you!), and that your children will love.
*Be sure to keep offering a food a few times if your child refuses it at first. They may like it the next time! It can take multiple offerings before your child accepts a new food.
Starting a healthy diet in the early years helps your child develop a lifetime of choosing healthy food options and healthy eating as adults!
My Top 14 Superfoods
Almond butter is a favorite of mine! Not only is it delicious, but it is packed with vitamins, including Vitamin E, nutrients, fiber and is a good source of protein. It is also a good source of monounsaturated fats.
Salmon is another favorite of mine! This is a great fish option for little ones because it's lower in mercury but contains plenty of vitamin D and omega-3 fats, which help promote brain development. My kids love it just plain grilled like me! If your child is not a fan of just fish, try mixing it with pasta or mayo.
Blueberries are high in vitamin C, fiber and also antioxidants which protect again heart disease and help brain function. Adding blueberries to yogurt is a great way to have kids eat them. Fresh blueberries children love and they are good for babies when eating finger foods. Frozen blueberries are a kid favorite too.
**Freeze fruit, this always works to get kids to eat fruit!
Broccoli has many nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin C, which as above is good for the immune system; vitamin A, which is good for eyes; and calcium for baby's bones. One easy way to help this green go down is to add it to a puree or add to an older baby's pasta or macaroni and cheese.
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