Every parent wants their kids to grow up to be strong and healthy. They want their little ones to be able to live an active life and to be able to fight off any disease they might get. One of the best ways for parents to help their kids grow up to be healthy is to really think about what kinds of foods they give to their kids.
Of course, the kind of food that kids want to eat is going to be different than what we should be giving them! Kids are naturally drawn to sweet foods and if they had it their way, they would just keep eating until their bellies started to hurt. But since we are the parents we need to know what foods kids should be eating. Keep reading to discover the top 10 foods kids should eat every day, according to doctors!
10 Peanut Butter
One food that Dr. Han says that kids should eat every day is peanut butter. With peanut butter being a great treat on crackers or in a sandwich we know your kids will love to eat it! When speaking to HealthXChange, Dr. Han said that peanut butter is a good source of energy and also has protein.
Make sure to look at the peanut butter that you're buying because some aren't so good for your family. Read the ingredients and stay away from any peanut butter that has high-fructose corn syrup and oils!
9 Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens are one of the best ways for your kids to get calcium into their bodies, according to Dr. Esselstyn. Dr. Esselstyn discussed with Mind Body Green that you don't have to make your kids eat salad in order to get their dark leafy greens for the day.
He encourages parents to add leafy greens to meals that they already like. For example, you can add spinach to pasta dishes, sandwiches, stews, or stir-fries. By adding dark leafy greens to foods your kids already enjoy, they won’t even notice that they are getting an added boost of calcium in their food!
8 Chia Seeds
Dr. Oz has written on his website, DoctorOz.com, that chia seeds are a food that you need to add to your family's daily diets. This well-known doctor has even stated that chia seeds provide more protein for our bodies than eggs do! Since chia seeds don't have a specific taste, they're great to add to cereals, smoothies, or baked treats. Your kids won't even notice!
If you and your family want to get even more creative, you can even make your own chia seed pudding with fresh fruits and plant-based milk to give your kids a sweet treat.
Potatoes are a diverse food that can be made into many things. Though your kids are going to want to eat potatoes only in the form of delicious french fries, potatoes without all of the oils, salt, and deep frying are actually really good for your body.
Dr. McDougall wrote in an article on his website, drmcdougall.com, that people should eat some potatoes every day since they are complex carbs that will provide your little ones with long-lasting energy that they need to get through their day. So make some baked potatoes, oven baked fries, or mashed potatoes for your family to enjoy.
6 Ground Flaxseeds
Dr. Greger believes you and your family should eat ground flaxseeds every day. In an interview with Mind Body Green, Dr. Greger talked about how ground flaxseeds have omega-3s and help regulate blood pressure to keep your loved ones' hearts pumping strong. Just like chia seeds, ground flaxseeds can be added to anything that you want.
You can add flaxseeds to waffles, sweet treats, smoothies, and even stews, so your family will be able to enjoy the benefits of ground flaxseeds without even knowing! Make sure to pick some up the next time that you're at the grocery store.
Broccoli definitely has a bit of a stigma attached to it, and we often hear that kids don't like broccoli. But if you give it a chance and prepare it in a dish or steam it, it can become a food that your kids enjoy!
When speaking with HealthXChange, Dr. Han discussed the importance of kids eating this food every day. Broccoli has many nutrients that optimize eye development in kids and it's a superfood that helps ward off cell damage. Cell damage could end up leaving your kids at greater risk of getting illnesses. Help your kids become big and strong and make sure your kids are eating their broccoli.
4 Whole Grain Foods
Whole grain foods are a necessary part of your kids' diets. According to HealthChange, Dr. Han said that whole grain foods such as brown rice, oats, and whole wheat bread, pasta or crackers can help maintain a healthy digestive system. This will help your kids stay regular and not get constipated.
So the next time you are at the grocery store, don’t go for the white bread or rice. Instead, pick up a healthy options that doctors approve of. And make the switch from processed grains to whole grains to improve your little ones' health.
Kids love bananas and according to Dr. Barnard, kids should be eating bananas every day. Since bananas are naturally sweet, your kids will love that you're adding this food into their diets. On the PRCM website, Dr. Barnard said that bananas are a great source of iron that will help with your red blood count as well as releasing energy into the body.
Besides just eating a banana on its own, you can add this treat on top of cereal, oatmeal, bake it into treats or in pancakes, or even freeze it and blend it up with other fruits for a sweet dessert.
Everyone knows the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and according to Dr. Oz, this could be true. On his website, DoctorOz.com, he wrote an article about foods you want to encourage your kids to eat and apples were on his list. Apples are known for having vitamin C that is great for boosting the immune system.
With a healthy immune system, your kids are going to become less likely to get sick and no parent wants to see their kids ill. Let your kids enjoy a healthy, crunchy snack of some crisps apples.
It’s important that your kids eat their vegetables like dark leafy greens and broccoli, but kids should also by eating berries every day too. According to HealthXChange, Dr. Hans reports that carries have vitamin C and antioxidants in them that your kids need. Berries are also known to protect healthy cells from damage while boosting people’s immune systems.
And what parent doesn't want their kids to have a strong immune system? It doesn’t matter if your kids prefer blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries, as long as they are eating them every day to get the health benefits that their bodies need.