We all know that eating is one of the basic actions needed to maintain good health and stay alive. Good nutrition is necessary for every living being to grow. If we don’t eat the right food, our body won’t function as it should. Healthy food choices are essential to help children grow, develop, feel good and do well academically. Kids need good food because it helps:
Always remember that children require a variety of foods from the 5 different food groups (grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, protein) to attain maximal use of the brain and all its functions.
- Grains/ Carbohydrate : Grains refer to foods such as breads, cereals, pasta(spaghetti and noodles) and rice and should make up the foundation of any child’s diet. Foods in this group are important sources of calories, vitamins, minerals and fiber children need on a daily basis. Eating different types of grains is necessary. Choose whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, bran cereals(e.g. Kellogs “fruit and fiber”) and oats that are lower in calories and provide more nutrients over cookies, cakes and pastries which tend to be high in calories and fat and provide little nutritional value for
your children and Family.
PLEASE NOTE that although carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body too much of it can cause excessive weight gain, sugar addiction and elevated blood sugar for your children! So please watch it.Look out for the next post in this series.