Adding fruits to your meal and snack schedule is an easy way to add good health to your body. While most toddlers fulfill their required portion of fruit intake, children above the age of 4 don’t. Making fruits a critical part of your healthy diet can teach your kids the advantages of eating healthy, make your child’s food colorful with different textures and flavors, provide children the essential vitamins and minerals needed for growth, aid in digestion and help the kids feel full and maintain a healthy body weight by contributing the required fiber portions.
Any Fruit or Only Fresh Fruit?
Every fruit contributes to nutrition in some way, so does every form-fresh, frozen, canned or dried. Offer your kid rainbow-colored fruits, each having a unique flavor and texture. Restrict consumption of fruit juice as much as possible, restricting it to only ½ cup serving of 100% fruit juice once per day. Thought the juice might contain 100% fruit, the entire fiber content of the fruit is lost.
Eat fruits rich in potassium such as bananas, dried plums, raspberries and orange to maintain a healthy blood pressure in children.
All the Goodness without Added Sugars
Before we realize, our children would have consumed more than the recommended levels of added sugars from foods or beverages. This is not good as kids might feel full even before they start eating other nutritious foods. Weight gain is also a side effect of consuming too much of added sugars. Whereas, eating fruits is easier as they are naturally sweet without added sweetening agents such as sugars, corn syrup and honey. If you have any doubts whether brown sugar, honey or maple syrup is better than white sugar, please get your doubt cleared at www.firsteatright.com. All are one and the same and unhealthy.
Some tips while choosing fruit-based foods include:
Practice and habit are two things that make kids get used to stuff they dislike. Some tips include:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.