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6 Super Foods for Pre-School Years

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Six Superfoods for Pre-School Years

 

 

 

Pre-school years for children occur between the ages of 3-5 years. During these formative years pre-school kids energy requirements increase dramatically. Children of this age bracket are physically much more active, their developing their brainpower and mental skills and their bodies are growing rapidly. It is imperative that children in this age bracket have good calories derived from a well-balanced intake of foods that also supply adequate amounts of the other essential nutrients

 

Boys of this age generally need around 1,700 calories a day while girls need around 1550 calories per day. Because children of this age can develop voracious appetites to fuel their calorie needs, it's all too easy to submit to 'pester power' and to let your youngsters get their calories from the worst possible food sources including fats and sugars.

 

Packets of potato chips, sweet biscuits, sweet drinks, sweets and chocolates are an instant and easy solution. But this type of diet of high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt convenience foods carries the following risks:

 

  • Filling children up with these types of foods displace healthy food items from the menu.

  • Allowing your children to eat these bad foods encourages bad eating habits and foster an addiction to salt and sugar which are likely to stay with the child for the rest of their life as well as turn him/her into one of today's generation of overweight kids.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Superfoods for Pre-School Children

 

  • Bananas provide a 100 calories of super nutrition including potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid and fibre.
  • Buckwheat makes wonderful pancakes as "holdalls" for many other foods. Buckwheat is rich in rutin, which protects the circulatory system and helps reduce the effects of over-consumption of wheat.
  • Chicken is easy to cook and perfect protein for children. Stir-fried vegetables, wrapped in a buckwheat pancake; it is an ultimate superfood.
  • Grapes are adored by all children and are full of vitamins and energy.
  • Potatoes boiled or baked in their skins, roasted in olive oil are filled with fibre, vitamin B, minerals and vitamin C.
  • Wholemeal bread should be encouraged by parents for children at an early age. Wholemeal bread is another good source of vitamin B, protein and fibre.
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