Building Blocks For A Thriving Child
Here is a great article from my wife who is a naturopathic doctor.
Did you know that 85% of brain development occurs by the age of 3? We can’t turn back time but we can provide the essential building blocks to support our child’s growing brain and body. There are 5 things you need to remember when making meals for your child.
Protein: Children undergo rapid growth spurts. They need protein to provide the framework for their developing body, brain, and immune system. Dark meat is a source of protein that also provides iron and fat. Chicken and fish are other sources.
Omega 3 and Healthy Fat: Healthy fat is needed to maintain cell integrity and function, especially in the brain. Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fat. DHA (which can be found in fish oil) is a source of omega 3 and is essential for kids’ developing brains. Fish such as wild salmon or wild rainbow trout are sources of omega 3.
Glucose: Carbohydrates are made up of glucose molecules. Glucose is a source of energy used as fuel in the body and brain. Choose complex carbohydrates that are rich in fibre and antioxidants such as sweet potato, butternut squash, peas, oatmeal, lentils, and quinoa.
Iron: Iron is an essential component of brain development. If deficient, children may feel tired, weak, have difficulty concentrating, or experience developmental delays. Sources of iron include meat, fish, eggs, legumes, dark leafy greens and grains.
Supplement: for picky eaters, consider supplementing with a multivitamin, fish oil, probiotics and iron. There are also hypoallergenic protein shakes that contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and greens in one scoop. You can even make popsicles, milk shakes, ice cream, and cupcakes using the protein mix.
Consult with your naturopathic doctor for a more individualized approach to diet and supplementation and to assess if nutrient deficiencies are present prior to starting on a supplement regime.
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