5 Healthiest Foods You Can Feed Your Children


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There are multiple opinions about the healthiest foods to feed children to ensure good health. While there are many foods that make most experts’ list of healthy options, there are five foods that seem to appear on almost every list. Those foods are the ones that parents should consider as definite choices to nourish a growing child. It is commonly believed that what a child eats impacts him mentally and physically, ultimately effecting his ability to perform in school.

The five food groups establish a guideline for healthy eating. Every child should eat grains, vegetables, fruits, milk/dairy and meat/beans. Selecting the best foods in these groups that nourish the body and brain are of paramount importance for providing every child with the best chance for success in life.

Oatmeal

According to Tufts University research, oatmeal is the perfect food to feed a child for breakfast. The reason for this claim is based on the belief that oatmeal boosts memory. Oatmeal is high in both carbohydrates and fiber. As the perfect fuel for both physical and mental endeavors, oatmeal provides B vitamins, zinc, iron and calcium.

Eggs

While eggs have gotten a bad wrap at times based on cholesterol concerns, they have proven to be good for memory. As is true of most things in life, moderation solves the cholesterol worries. It is the acetylcholine in eggs that is attributed with improving memory. As a provider of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, B vitamins, zinc and vitamin E, there is no denying that eggs are a healthy option for children.

Tuna

Getting kids to eat tuna is not always easy, but the payoff is worth it when you consider that this source of lean protein is considered a true brain food. This deep water fish is considered to be a great source of Omega-3. DHA is one of those fatty acids that is believed to be associated with intelligence, behavior and even vision. Because of the mercury found in tuna, it is important to eat the fish in moderation. Only two servings of canned tuna per week are recommended to be on the safe side. Serving a tuna salad sandwich on wheat bread makes a healthy choice even healthier.

Yogurt

Another food believed to stimulate brain activity and learning is yogurt. Yogurt is a great source for obtaining needed calcium. Much easier to digest than regular milk, yogurt offers a healthier option. Yogurt is a great way for children to start the day as a breakfast item since studies indicate that children who eat a breakfast high in calcium experience enhanced learning abilities.

Parents should select low sugar yogurts instead of those brands with added sugar. Selecting a brand with live active cultures is recommended to obtain all the benefits. Yogurt offers a good milk substitute for children who do not like milk. Fruit can be added to sweeten low fat yogurt to make it more appealing to children.

Strawberries

Strawberries improve memory and concentration. Packing a child’s lunch with strawberries is a great way to satisfy his sweet tooth and help him in school. An added bonus to eating strawberries is that they are full of antioxidants.

Conclusion

Parents have enough information about nutrition these days to give children everything they need nutritionally to excel. Adding tuna, oatmeal, eggs, yogurt and strawberries to a child’s diet on a regular basis should help them in school and also provide basic nutrients needed for overall health. Providing children with the foods proven to boost memory and concentration is a small price that any parent can pay to give children an added advantage in school and in life.

Lance Powell is a trauma nurse and guest contributor at BestNursingMasters.com, a site with information and guides to getting a Master’s in Nursing.

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