Dietary fiber is one of the most important nutrients for your growing kids, which you can find mostly in organic superfood.
Did you know that Based on the National Fiber Council, the percentage of overweight children in the United States has tripled since the early 1970? That 16% of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight and that 16% more are at the risk of becoming overweight. And this is basically due to poor eating habit and the quality of food that is readily available to them. One of the most overlooked nutrient by most adults and children is dietary fiber from organic superfood which plays an important part in a balanced and healthy diet. This nutrient is responsible in regulating several of your bodily functions more importantly in the proper functioning of the digestive system.
Dietary fibers are commonly found in organic superfood and some of the best sources are vegetables like legumes, green peas, potatoes with skin (baked), and artichokes; Fruits such as berries, pears, apples, prunes, and orange; and Grains that include whole-grain breads, barley, brown rice, and cereals.
Kids are known to be picky eaters and would do anything to avoid foods that do not look appealing to them and sadly most of these are the nutritious ones. For children to acquire a normal growth and development they need to have good nutrition. Parents usually give up easily and feel frustrated, but actually the way to do it is to simply make their food look attractive to them. Kids love seeing different colors and by using your creativity you can make tempting arrangement out of fruits and veggies… a simple smiley face perhaps?
Here are some fibrous meal ideas you can make for your kids.
Start their day with a healthy serving of high fiber cereal like whole oats and wheat, and place a section of different nuts and berries (they’re colorful, small and delicious) in bowls and let your kid make their own breakfast cereal mix. This is far better than choco chips and other sugary stuff.
To make your kid into eating more fresh vegetable during lunch, serve them with funny shaped and thinly sliced veggies pairing them with appetizing dips such as yogurt based dip or peanut butter. For a mid-day snack, offer them yogurt with nuts and berry medley. Make them gourmet sandwiches… they’re simple and easy to make. Best to use whole grain bread (at least 3 grams of dietary fiber) instead of the low nutrient white bread. And for a high fiber day ender, how about a wonderful serving of quinoa pasta with some veggies in the sauce and a few slices of fresh pears. Use your imagination to create more organic superfood recipes for your picky eaters.
Most products sold in groceries usually fall short on their content of dietary fiber so, make it a habit of checking their nutritional label. It also helps to note that dietary fibers are largely found in the skin of most fresh produce, it’s always a good idea, whenever possible, to buy organically grown fresh produce, which are pesticide free. And always wash them well before serving… organic or otherwise.
Stay fit. Eat more organic superfood!
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