HEALTHY DIET FOR KIDS!
The bodies of kids utilize nutrients from food to function properly and stay healthy. In the accurate amounts, nutrients give children the energy needed to grow, learn and be continuously active.
Here are some benefits of a healthy diet for kids:
- Healthy weight for height
- Mental well-being
- Ability to learn and concentrate
- Strong bones and muscles
- Good energy level
- Ability to fight off sickness and disease
- Faster wound healing
- Easier recovery from illness or injury
- Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and bone diseases in the future
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
Just about everyone is familiar with this advice that breakfast is the most important meal if the day. Leaving the house every day with a full stomach is important for all members of the family. But this is particularly important for kids, are powered for school, daycare or a long play day. When kids have rumbling stomachs, they are more likely to be distracted by their hunger and over time, their nutrition suffers. This is why it is so important for them to have breakfast!
Since we have established why it’s important for kids to have breakfast every day, lets now talk about why it’s vital for them to eat the right meal in the morning. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar may enhance kids’ attention span, concentration, and memory.
Kids who eat breakfast are more likely to get fiber, calcium, and other important nutrients. They also tend to keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels, fewer absences from school, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger.
It is important to serve a balanced breakfast that includes some carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Carbohydrates are a good source of immediate energy for the body. Energy from protein tends to kick in after the carbohydrates are used up. Fiber helps to deliver a feeling of fullness, therefore preventing overeating. Also, when combined with enough liquid consumption, fiber helps move food through the digestive system, which prevents constipation.
Below are some good sources of these nutrients:
- Carbohydrates: whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and muffins, fruits, vegetables
- Protein: low-fat or nonfat dairy products, lean meats, eggs, nuts (including nut butters), seeds, and cooked dried beans
- Fiber: whole-grain breads, waffles, and cereals; brown rice, bran, and other grains; fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts
Don’t forget how important your good example is! When you make time to enjoy breakfast every day, you’re showing kids how important it is to face the day only after refueling your brain and body with a healthy morning meal, and they will be inspired to do the same!
Breakfast Basics. Kids Health http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/breakfast.html?tracking=P_RelatedArticle#
Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Kids http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/kids/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating/nutrition-healthy-eating-for-kids.html
For your reference:
10 Easy Breakfast Recipes for Kids: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/easy-breakfast-recipes-kids