Kids diets today are for the most part woefully inadequate in terms of nutritional adequacy with a burgeoning reliance on toddler formulas to fill in the gaps for poor dietary choices. These poor dietary choices are being reflected in our children who are sicker than ever before. Diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease, asthma, eczema, allergies, autism are all rising at alarming rates and the medical industry has zero answers except a lifetime prescription to medication.
Good Food Matters
As many have said before food can either be your greatest form of medicine of slowest form of poison. What your child eats matters! Feeding a child those heavily marketed cereals laden with sugar, white bread or Jatz crackers devoid of nutrients or soft drinks loaded with sugar and phosphoric acids handicaps a child. Our cells, our bodies need vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, to support optimal brain function, growth of the skeletal system, muscle development, strong immunity, healthy gut function, happy moods, alert minds, focused brains and positive relationships with food. All of this can’t happen when you feed your child food that is laden with sugar, transaturated fats, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. If you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it. Simple!
What are children should be eating is delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains like quinoa, spelt, kamut, oat, sea vegetables, nut butters, fermented vegetables and fermented dairy.
Super Star Foods
- Tahini, rich in absorbable calcium
- Eggs, is there anything eggs can’t do? I love eggs and eat them almost every day. Eggs are rich in vitamin D, choline, protein, selenium, vitamin A which all support immunity. If possible buy free range, organic, antibiotic and hormone free.
- Dulse, is a seaweed and rich in iodine which is critical for optimal thyroid function. Sprinkle on meals or eat on its own.
- Fermented vegetables like cabbage or beetroot are all bursting with beneficial bacteria which support metabolism, immunity, digestion and assimilation of nutrients, brain function and mood. You can ferment at home yourself or you can buy it from any good health food store.
- Fermented dairy like goat yoghurt
- Avocadoes are loaded with good healthy monounsaturated fats that promote a healthy heart. Avos also contain vitamin A, vitamin B6 and potassium
- Gentle soluble fibre foods to support a healthy gut: chia seeds, sweet potato, oats, quinoa, slippery elm
- Small wild fish like snapper, whiting contain buckets of essential vitamins and minerals. Always source local, wild fish. Farmed fish are raised in disgusting and cramped conditions and are fed a diet full of antibiotics loaded with pesticides ultimately ending up in your system.
- Fresh, local, seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables, the more the better!
- Grass fed meats, organic (if possible) are more nutrient dense than their grain fed counter parts.
Improving the nutrition of children is one of the smartest investments we can make. Don’t let your child be left behind, support their growth and development with the right nutrition and watch them flourish and thrive.
A healthy diet creates a happy, healthy and well-adjusted child.