The Essential Diet for Your Child
If you are blessed with a child under 5, then this is the mark you should go through to find out what your kid really needs when it comes to have a healthy diet.
Being a parent is a tough job, and by tough we mean, really tough. The priority amongst all the bits and pieces, the nutritional needs for your baby or toddler is what you really focus on. It is certain that early habits and what baby eats influence their dietary habits later on, so one should definitely give alarm to the foods you feed your baby with.
In literal lines, parent should make sure to deliver 3 meals a day to their babies, each containing something from each food group and of course, a couple of snacks would do more delight job. The good trade would be to produce a mix of protein with each meal and also to make use of vegetables.
Babies and Milk
In the initial 6 months, the baby gets all the necessary nutritional requirements from milk-based diet. If there is no breastfeeding, infant formula to be used as having the alternate to the same and at the same time, cow’s milk is to be sidelined as not preferred for babies under 12 months. However, by crossing 6 months, the baby enters into transitional phase and hence the diet may be progressed to varied diet but milk only. The advanced dietary may include4 major food groups, such as, proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables and dairy foods.
Sources of Proteins
Amino acids, which are considered to be most important for growth, can be find in items like chicken, eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese. Despite of the animal proteins, plant proteins such as legumes, lentils, tofu and soya products are incomplete when it comes to required proteins and hence need to be combined so to get entire set of amino acids.
Fruit and Vegetables
For a wise starting point, keeping five portions of fruit and vegetables is a healthy approach. To be smarter in parenting, keep a bag of frozen vegetables or chopped fresh fruit so to be served as dessert.
Healthy diet for children means it should contain carbohydrates in each meal, though, some under 12 months may find it hard to digest wholegrain verities of carbohydrates while another study states that enough of fiber can compromise the absorption of important minerals, as of calcium and iron.
Dairy and Calcium
Milk, yogurt and cheese is great source of nourishment for babies and the same provides easily absorbed calcium, for instance, vitamins A and B12, proteins and other helpful minerals. To get full benefits, full-fat milk to be used for children under 2. Though, the same may be swapped with semi-skimmed milk after 2 in addition to variety of foods. Furthermore, natural yogurt and sweeteners such as fruit compote or honey may be adopted instead of processed.
Right Amount of Fat
Of course children need fat to grow and develop and too much of the same could do inverse. The right amount of fat in healthy diet for your children may be found in butter, spreads and oils, despite of adding taste. Surely, if you are expecting your little to grow rapidly, such concentrated sources of energy are vital to be employed. Contrary to the aforementioned sources, soft drinks, sweets, biscuits, sugary pastries and desserts are high in added sugar and have poor quality of fats. Nonetheless, the kids may not be sidelined from such foods at all, but once in a while, as over consumption of snack foods could result in obesity, certainly, no parent would ever want it to happen with their kids.
Snacks and Smoothies
When demand for snacks, the best snack to opt for would be dried fruit, such as figs and raisins. Moreover, raw vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, celery, cherry, etc. if served with hummus could do far better justice to the daily diet of the children. On the other hand, whole meal bread or rice cakes is also a healthy option to decide on along with other alternates such as homemade soup, bean dip, fruit sticks, etc.
On the other hand, smoothies and juices are also a great source of vitamin C and folate, that are quite helpful for the immune system, energy production and preventing anemia. The natural sugar found in fruit (fructose) is essential for children and their teeth. However, the same may be controlled and not be given in great as too much of fructose may result in sugar high, which in turns aggravate mood and energy levels. In all, water should not definitely be ignored and may be added to the healthy diet.