You know it's better to feed your kids vegetables instead of ice cream. But what are the healthiest foods for kids
"Yogurt is a wonderful option for breakfast, a snack, or even a dessert but you have to watch the added sugar content.
Beans are a humble superfood. They're loaded with protein and fiber, plus they're cheap and take little time to prepare.
One large egg has 6 grams of protein and delivers vitamin D, vitamin B12 and iron. Some eggs are also fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in kids' brain development.
Don't worry about the cholesterol-saturated and trans fats have a bigger impact on raising bad cholesterol than eggs.
Eggs also make a great starter food for babies.
Avocados are an easy way to get healthy fats into your child's diet. They are high in monounsaturated fats, which decrease inflammation and keep cholesterol levels healthy. Avocados also make a great first food for babies.
5. Sweet Potato
Short on time and need something nutritious? Wash a sweet potato, poke some holes in it and microwave it for 3-5 minutes (depending on its size).
Milk helps build strong bones because it's full of calcium and vitamin D. One 8-ounce glass is also high in phosphorus, vitamin B12 and potassium, and has 8 grams of protein.
7. Nuts & Seeds
Swap the low-fiber, crunchy kid snacks (you know the ones that are practically air) for nuts and seeds to deliver a healthful trio of fiber, protein and healthy fats. Mix it up by offering cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and more.
8. Whole Grains
Whole grains deliver a nutrient seriously lacking in most kids' diets: fiber. Fiber keeps them full and regular. Kids need about 25 grams per day, but many snacks only contain 1-3 grams per serving. Look for 100-percent whole wheat or whole grain in the ingredients list (don't be fooled by front-of-pack marketing) and at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving.
One cup of berries has 4 grams of fiber and is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants like anthocyanins. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are also lower in sugar than many fruits. Fresh berries make an excellent snack for kids or a great topping for yogurt. If berries aren't in season, buy unsweetened frozen berries and mix them into a jar of overnight oats or a smoothie.
10. Vegetables-Any Kind!
Kids and adults alike don't eat enough veggies. If you can get your kid to eat any vegetable-kudos! However, the more color and the greater the variety of vegetables, the better.