Superfoods are a health trend that is growing exponentially in popularity. Instead of taking vitamins that don’t even digest completely (which wastes a lot of the potential good you get taking them), many people are choosing to get their needs met by eating foods that have incredible health benefit naturally.
Young children have specific vitamin and mineral needs to aid in growth and development. Listed below are 10 superfoods that have the most to offer to meet these needs.
Avocados are a fruit that is filled with monounsaturated fat that is important for heart health, and have the highest protein content of any other fruit. One avocado has 40% of your daily dose of fiber and 20% of the potassium needed. Its inner meat is soft and easily mashable.
Bananas are by far one of the best fruits out there. This fruit is a great source of vitamin B-6 and vitamin C. They are full of the carbohydrates that are needed to fuel a young body, potassium that is great for your heart, and also packed with fiber to keep your child’s digestive tract healthy. And it comes in its own portable peel and serve container!
Vitamin C is abundant in this green vegetable, up to 220% of the recommended daily value. It also has large amounts of fiber, folic acid, and potassium, making it a true super food. If your child doesn’t like the bitter taste, melt cheese over it or pair it with a sweet vegetable.
Like all orange vegetables, carrots are full of beta-carotene (hence the vibrant orange color). It is also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. This vegetable is great for your blood and circulation, which in turn is very heart healthy. It is also said that eating carrots helps with vision health as well.
Children need a lot of protein to grow, and cheese is an excellent way to get that. It also has a large amount of calcium, which is needed for strong bones and teeth. Younger children love the taste of Swiss, and it is easy to cut into cubes for your toddler to eat.
Chicken has 60% of the recommended daily source of protein needed. It also has tons of vitamin B-6 and B-12, which is important for your nerve health. It is also easily digestible.
Egg whites are mostly protein, and the yolk is filled with vitamins A, D, E, B12, and zinc. There is also a substantial portion of iron and magnesium, and are easily digestible.
Peas are full of fiber, folic acid and A, B, and C vitamins. They are also one of the best sources of vitamin K, which is important to build healthy bones. Children also love their sweet taste and soft texture.
9. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a soft, sweet vegetable that is full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that prevents certain types of cancers. It has 344% the amount of vitamin A that is needed. This veggie also has tons of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Babies love eating this because of its natural sweet flavor.
Yogurt is the best source for phosphorus, which is important for strong bones and teeth. It also has tons of calcium, vitamin B-6, and protein. Yogurt is also rich in a type of good bacteria called probiotics which aids digestion and helps support the immune system. You can also stir in a bit of fruit for flavor and a vitamin C boost.