Balanced Diet Foods for Kids

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Balanced Diet Foods for Kids

Moms and dads are always in search of balanced diet foods for kids.  You want to make sure your children are eating properly.  This includes healthy foods, nutritious foods and foods that will build up their immune systems.  That being said, there are ten balanced diet foods for kids that will strengthen your tots.

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Fish

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Children need omega-3 fatty acids as much as their mom and dad.  The nutritional benefit for children is that it will help them think clearly and stay focused.

 

Beets

Beets, beet leaves and stems are a rich source of folate and antioxidants. They are also high in vitamins, minerals needed for children to develop and strengthen their bodies.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps control blood sugar because of its spicy active ingredients, which increases your cells ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.

 

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is often associated with Halloween and pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving.  It is a low calorie food that is high in fiber and Vitamin A.  The seeds of this fun and delicious vegetable are packed with magnesium.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are easy to feed your kids.  Hello? They’re sweet.  You can bake them, make spuds or make a delicious soup in the winter.  Either way you’re kids are sure to love them.  What are the nutritional benefits?  Well, they are high in Vitamin A, B6, C and folate.

 

Pears

Rich in fiber and available year-round, pears come in many delicious varieties.  They’re great as after-school snacks, mid-day snacks, lunch snack or in a fruit salad served with yogurt.

 

Raisins

Raisins are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamins. Everyone’s all time favorite raisin snack is the ants on a log.  All you have to do is cut small enough celery sticks, spread peanut butter down the center and then add raisins to the peanut butter.  Instant healthy snack!

 

Whole Grain Waffles

For a fun alternative to peanut butter and jelly, try whole grain waffles for a boost of iron and vitamins B6, B12, and A. They are delicious and nutritious.  Kids of all ages will enjoy helping in the kitchen when it’s time to make these wholesome waffles.

 

Strawberries

To add more variety and Vitamin C to your kids’ diets, introduce fresh strawberries to your growing boys and girls.  The great thing about strawberries is that they are easy to prepare and eat.  Leave a bowl full of fresh, washed strawberries on the counter when your kids get home and watch them disappear like magic!

 

Breakfast Cereal

Whole grain cereal that is calcium fortified and has added fiber is a great way to start your kids off in the morning. Breakfast cereals also provide extra iron and other minerals and vitamins.  So forget the sugar packed cereals and give your kids real energy that will last through the day.

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What are you favorite balanced diet foods for kids?  What are some great treats that you kids love to eat?  Share your secret treats in the comment box below.

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For additional nutrition facts and health tips visit our Health and Nutrition page to start your balanced diet.

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Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson tries to enjoy the simple things in life and writes for the Lifestyle category on Quality Life Resources. Living in the small New England town of Norwalk, CT, she looks forward to the warm summer months. To submit your own article for my category, please click HERE. View all Self Improvement articles.