Superfoods your kids will eat ensure good family health. Eating healthy makes sure we all get what we need to stay healthy.
Buying vitamins, at least good quality vitamins can be expensive for the whole family, particularly if you eat pre-packaged or processed foods, like we used to. So, it is important to eat as well as we can, and to feed our kids as many superfoods as possible. There is a reason McDonalds is closing a few of its stores you know. Fast food must keep up with the healthy food movement or die. Unfortunately, healthy food is expensive.
Even whole food vitamins, made with organic fruits and vegetables, run a high price tag, so supplementation is good, but not the whole solution. However, eating a daily diet rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, can provide most, if not all of the nutrition you need when your gut is healthy. Superfoods step up to the plate when it comes to boosting our family’s health; it is pure and simple.
Here are some nutritious superfoods your kids will eat.
Blueberries, in particular, contain high levels of potassium and vitamin C. They are also anti-inflammatory, and contain high concentrates of phytochemicals and antioxidants. We love these in our gluten free muffins.
Tomatoes, not ketchup, are a very common, inexpensive antioxidant and packed with nutrients. They make a variety of dishes from chili sauce to spaghetti sauce. You can use fresh tomatoes to make homemade ketchup, salsa and even tomato soup.
Red and purple fruits
These fruits contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Fruits such as red or purple grapes, cranberries, and watermelon are kid favorites, and when in season, they supply plenty of vitamins.
Veggies supply our bodies with vitamins and nutrients we need. Green, of course, includes green tea, spinach, kale, and broccoli and contain high levels of antioxidants. My sons eat the cruciferous vegetables and spinach without complaint. These can be mixed up in dishes and soups.
Cold water fish contain important omega 3 fatty acids, which includes salmon and tuna. Although fish is usually not cheap, shopping for an inexpensive, quality brand of omega 3 supplements is worth the cost. Tuna salad can also supply what we need. Omegas are best known for their lowering of cholesterol, and also create extra serotonin for the brain, which wards off depression.
Whole grains, both wheat and gluten-free grains, are packed with superfood nutrition. While Whole wheat remains the fore-runner of nutrition, there are other gluten-free grains such as buckwheat, teff, amaranth, sorghum, millet, rice or quinoa. Millet and quinoa can be used like rice. While buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum or teff can be used in baking.
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and lowers blood pressure. The lower the sugar content, the higher the flavonoids. No, I don’t get many complaints over this one. Buying raw cocoa powder allows you to add your own healthy sweetener and coconut oil to make a chocolate sauce or refrigerator candy.
Yogurt or Keifer
Yogurt and/or keifer are sources of calcium which create stronger bones and muscles. Even goat milk cannot hold a nutritional candle to grass-fed cow’s milk, and if the milk is fermented, the benefits are increased. We found in our family that even when we could not drink cow’s milk, we could tolerate yogurt and keifer.
Beans, beans, beans
With all the Paleo recipes circulating Pinterest, you might think I am crazy for saying this. While some have difficulty digesting beans, there are ways around this, such as soaking them overnight or allowing them to ferment for three days. Beans contain plenty of phytochemicals, and a terrific source of protein. Make your own bean dip by adding homemade salsa or guacamole to your favorite mashed beans.
Avocadoes contain high amounts of monounsaturated fats, and may help lower cholesterol. You can use them in dips, shakes, or make salad dressings from them. Some even take out the seed and eat them with a spoon!
Do your kids eat superfoods? What are their favorites? Please share some of them!