We all know about ‘Healthy eating.’ In fact almost every nutritionist recommends a healthy balance of fruit, vegetables, grains and meats - but what exactly does this mean?
Does it mean we can splurge out on delicious fruits such as Avocadoes and eat as many as we want? Well no, avocadoes are very high in fat and should be eaten in moderation (a portion being 2-3 heaped teaspoons as most.) It has also been recommended by nutritionists to rather use Avocadoes in salads and skip adding the cheese.
What about potatoes? Well they don’t contain much fat are certainly stuffed with carbs (not too healthy either.) Although they do indeed contain healthy vitamins, eating potatoes in moderation and staying away from fried versions of the vegetable is always the best alternative.
Healthy foods you should eat
At ForKids, we strive to ensure our readers have the best nutritional information at their fingertips, that is why we have compiled a list of the healthiest foods which should be part of your kids everyday diet.
- Black beans: Black beans are high in protein and often can be used as meat substitutes. They also contain Omega-3 fatty acids which assist in boosting heart health. A serving size is generally ½ a cup, cooked.
- Salmon: Salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D which are great nutrients for protecting your vital organs. Omega 3 has also been proven to protect again memory loss and brain damage.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin is high in fibre and vitamin A, it is a low calorie vegetable which is great for the waistline. A cup serving size is sufficient.
- Apples: Apples are high in Pectin fibre which assists in lowering cholesterol. They are also very low in calories which make them a dieters dream. An Apple a day is all that is needed!
- Bananas: Bananas are another power food. They are high in potassium which aids blood pressure and digestion. Hot tip: Adding a small amount of peanut butter to the banana makes them even more delicious and wholesome.
- Broccoli: Broccoli is referred to as the ultimate power food and it really is! It reduces cholesterol, improves heart health, aids digestion, improves bone health and lowers your risk of cancer.
- Sweet potato: Sweet potatoes are high in potassium which assists in lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk of a stroke.
- Tomatoes: Last but not least, Tomatoes are also a must for everyday eating. They are high in Vitamin A, C and K. They also lower inflammation and cholesterol. 1 small cup of tomatoes fresh or cooked is sufficient.
We do hope the above provides some insight into healthy eating and good food. Please make these foods part of your kids everyday diet in order for them to stay happy and healthy!