10 Superfoods That Make Healthy Snacks for Kids
By Dr. Nina C. Franklin on August 31, 2014
Healthy foods give kids the energy they need on a daily basis while also supplying the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that help their bodies and minds to develop and mature. Since most are constantly on the go with school and play, snack time is one of the absolute best times to introduce healthy foods into their diets.
With that said, here are 10 quick and convenient nutrient-rich foodsthat can greatly optimize physical growth, development and mental performance among children, adolescents and young teens alike.
1. BABY CARROTS
Instead of chips, add baby carrots to your kid’s healthy snack list. Carrots contain exceptionally high levels of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts to the fat-soluble vitamin A. Kids (both young and old) require sufficient amounts of vitamin A for proper eye development and immune function. In addition to vitamin A, carrots also contain large amounts of vitamin C, niacin and thiamin.
Edamame is an incredibly nutritious, whole soy food source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and protein. In and of itself, protein is a crucial component of every youngster's diet, as it’s needed to build and maintain strong bones, muscles and joints. For the convenience of kids on the go, edamame can be purchased in convenient, snack-sized packs for easy snacking.
3. APPLE WEDGES
Unpeeled apple wedges are a perfect sized on-the-go snack for kids. All apple varieties contain a type of fiber called pectin that greatly promotes good health and helps prevent disease. The pectin in apples also keeps kids feeling fuller for longer periods of time, which helps prevent overeating. In addition to pectin, apples contain good amounts of vitamin C, especially when their skins are intact.
All kids need adequate amounts of calcium and potassium every day and yogurt houses a rich supply of both. Collectively these minerals are important for heart, bone and muscle health. In addition to its high content of calcium and potassium, yogurt contains substantial amounts of protein, vitamin B12 and phosphorous. To reduce your child, adolescent or teen’s overall sugar intake, opt for nonfat Greek yogurt varieties.
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