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7 Top Foods to Include in your Kid’s Diet- Fitness Tips Massillon, OH

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7 Top Foods to Include in your Kid’s Diet- Fitness Tips Massillon, OH

Here is a list of the top 7 healthiest foods to feed your kid and why there so healthy:

1. Oatmeal: A fabulous breakfast food, full of B vitamins, iron, zinc and calcium. Old-fashioned oatmeal offers plenty of carbohydrate for quick energy and high fiber. Add berries and honey to make it a delicious perfect food for those fast-paced school day mornings!

2. Yogurt: Kick your child’s dairy consumption up a notch and include yogurt on the menu. A great source of calcium, yogurt is easier to digest than regular milk, and the cultures (check the label to make sure they’re in there!) are very beneficial to good colon health. Watch it on the sugar content though. A great idea is to buy plain yogurt and sweeten it yourself with fresh fruit!

3. Broccoli: it is one of the best vegetables for anyone, especially growing kids. It has loads of calcium, potassium, beta-carotene and a wide variety of the B vitamins. If your child is not a fan of plain vegetables include broccoli in a casserole or put a little shredded cheese on top to add flavor.

4. Protein: One size does not fit all when it comes to protein. The fact is that growing kids need protein to keep growing. How you’re going to give it to them can vary widely, according to your preferences. Good choices include legumes, beans (combined with a grain to make a complete protein), eggs or lean meat, fish or poultry.

5. Whole Grains: The best nutrition is found in whole grains. Brown rice and whole wheat bread are a quantum leap over their white counterparts and offer necessary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Choose grain products with the words “whole”, “unbleached” and “intact” or “ground”.

6. Nut Butters: Peanut butter and other nut butters are great fast and easy foods for kids. Kids need fat (it’s a good fat if it doesn’t have hydrogenated oils mixed in it) and they need the protein. Try spreading almond or sunflower seed butter on crackers, toast or celery sticks for a quick and nutritious snack.

7. Fresh Fruit: My personal choice would be cantaloupe in the melon department. Vitamin C, beta-carotene, bits and pieces of B vitamins and trace minerals and calcium fill every juicy bite. Any in season fresh fruit is sure to be packed with healthy goodness!

By simply creating good habits at home will be one of the BEST things you can do for your kids.

If they’re already used to “FAST” food and junk.  This is not going to be easy. But don’t quit providing good nutrition for your kids.

As many professionals recommend “rewarding” yourself or in this case your kids for doing well.

 THEY ARE NOT pets!

I do agree with the reward principle ONLY if there is a PUNISHMENT principle as well.

With rewards, I wouldn’t suggest FOOD or SUGAR or anything bad be your first choice.
My experience has proven ‘MOVIE NIGHT” or “CHUCK-E-CHEESE” or “LASER QUEST” seems to get much better results. Shopping works well too 😉

 

Keep in mind, enjoying pizza and chips and burger’s and fries can be included, just plan for these types of dinner’s or lunches. Life is too short, take advantage of ‘CHEAT’ Days, explain to your kids your plan and start NOW.

Start eating better, get them more active and join in on all the fun!  Make it the way your family survives and you’ll love the effects in just a short period of time.  More energy, more smiles, better grades and awesome personalities.

Make the changes today!

 

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