Monday, November 1, 2021

Fuel Your Child's Body

So much focus lies on academics and supporting cognitive development in children that the discussion on what fuels this is often forgotten. 

Healthy brain and body development requires the support of a nutritious diet filled with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, legumes, nuts and dairy.

The body must be supported with proper food. If you car requires high grade fuel to run optimally would you use leaded instead?

Good nutrition is not rocket science!

Your child's body is growing at a rapid rate. Poor diet fueled by fast foods, too much sugar and unhealthy saturated fats set the stage for obesity, diabetes and a myriad of other health issues.

Having a menu and meal prepping on the weekend can be quite helpful; blanching vegetables, prepping soups and even a batch of meatballs goes a long way in being ready for the week ahead. 

Keep meals and snacks simple. Introduce new foods one at a time and bear in mind it may take many, many attempts before children acquire a taste for something new. Don't give up. Also note that your preferences for food should not be your child's. If you don't like vegetables you should not remove them from your child's diet.

They need a balanced diet!

I found this chart on to be a good guideline when considering nutrition for toddlers.

https://www.yummytoddlerfood.com/quick-reference-toddler-nutrition-guide/

Three meals and at a minimum two snacks a day are a good guideline!

A treat once in awhile is fine but keep in mind that too much sugar stresses the endocrine system!


Happy eating!

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