So, you might wonder, how important is a healthy diet for young children?
All children need proper nutrients to grow healthy and strong. Starting early with eating a balanced diet and forming healthy habits will help retain good habits all through their life.
All food generally fine in moderation, however there is a difference between snacks and treats. Treats are generally processed food like chips, cake, candy, fast foods and sugary drinks. These are okay occasionally in one’s diet but should not be consumed on a regular basis.
One the other hand, Snacks are needed for young children to develop and be healthy. What is a snack? A snack is a healthier option of a small portion of non-processed food that include the 5 food groups. Foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein and whole grains. People often ask for suggestions. Here are a few ideas: a cheese stick, sliced fruits and vegetables, whole wheat toast or a few whole grain crackers, a small none sugar yogurt or a hard-boiled egg.
Children need 4 major nutrients to grow and develop. Calcium, vitamin D, potassium and fiber.
• Calcium helps with bone and tooth development
• Vitamin D helps build strong bones
• Potassium keeps muscles health
• Fiber keeps their digestive track healthy
Next time you are at the grocery store or farmer’s market please think about what your child needs to grow and develop into a great and healthy person.