Monday, May 20, 2013
The Top Nutrients Kids Need
Given the high rate of overweight children, you'd think kids would be getting enough of the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy. But while most kids seem to be eating plenty, their food is not always nutritious.Strive to give your children foods rich in vitamins and minerals early in their lives, and try repeatedly to introduce those healthful foods, even if they snub them at first. Calcium is one nutrient that's lacking in kids' diets today, perhaps as a result of more juice and soft drinks being served. Don't despair if your child turns his nose up at milk; there are lots of creative ways to get him to consume some of the mineral. Try flavorless silken tofu to add calcium and thicken creamy soups, smoothies and even pasta dishes. Yogurt has even more calcium than milk and is super kid-friendly, as is cheese.