10 foods all kids should eat!

Keep your kiddos brains and bodies in top shape with good nutrition!

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1. Eggs.  Eggs are filled with protein and vitamin D.  Eating protein for breakfast is proven to help kiddos feel fuller longer.

 

2. Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a fiber-rich whole grain that takes a while to digest.  It will keep their energy levels high.

 

 3. Fruit. Almost all fruit is good in some way for your kiddos. It’s full of essential vitamins and minerals and is provides a great source of natural fiber to keep kiddos regular.  Oranges, apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries are kiddo favorites!

 

 4. Nuts.Nuts provide healthy fats that help kiddos grow and develop.  Good fat also provides an energy burst that will get them throught the morning or afternoon slump.

 

5. Milk.Protein and calcium are essential for a healthy, high functioning brain and body.  Calcium also keeps bones and teeth strong!

 

6. Tomatoes.  Tomatoes are good for you because they are filled with lycopene.  Cooking them and pairing them with a good fat like Olive Oil helps your body

Can you dig it?

Kick spring into high gear by planting a garden with your kiddos this month. It is a great way to get your kiddos excited about eating more fruits and vegetables. Here are some helpful tips to get you started!

 

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1. Get them involved! Kids love to dig in dirt & get there little hands dirty.   Get them involved right from the start. Let them help you select what your going to grow and actually plant the seeds in the dirt. Lettuce, green beans, and tomatoes are all easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance. For flowers, marigolds are a good pick!

 

2. Think small. When gardening with kids think small. Use small tools, small jobs and small attention spans. It’s important to encourage your child to be involved in the entire process. Planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Make it doable for them.   Your garden can grow a little bit each year as your children get older.

 

3. Life Lessons. Growing something will give your kiddos a sense of accomplishment. It will also help you spend some quality time outside together. More importantly, if you let them help you harvest the vegetables they might even be tempted to eat them! They did grow them themselves!