Working on a diet plan for your kids can be a really tricky job; they’re still at an age when they’re developing their tastes for certain flavors and when they like to eat stuff that’s generally not good for them… and by a diet plan I don’t mean a weight loss program.
As a mother the first and most important thing that you need to understand about your kids’ diet is ‘never ask, just feed’ – you’re the mom and you know what’s good for them and what’s not. After that, just remember these three simple feeding facts:
Fast-food is not a fast way out
Most moms, particularly busy moms, will opt for fast food take-outs or a quick burger and fries fix at home on packed days because ‘they’re short on time.’ What’s worse is that kids love eating all this junk.The problem is that it’s junk!
As tasty as it as and as scrumptious as it looks, the fact is that junk food is nothing but unhealthy. Sure, you might get a regular dose of essential amino acids from the bacon and beef, but fast food is high in fats and carbs which can give rise to some serious health problems like obesity, diabetes and heart related diseases down the road.
A regular burger from your average fast food chain contains as much as 600 calories, which is high for a single meal. Plus lots of sodium! Not to mention that kids almost often gulp down a can soda to go with their junk food, and that is bad for their bones.
Antioxidants are healthy and necessary
Our body produces chemicals called free radicals as a byproduct of breaking down food and converting it into energy. These chemicals tend to affect the functions of the body at a cellular and metabolic level, and hence must be neutralized. And how do you do that? Antioxidants.
Antioxidants are powerful chemicals in the form of vitamins and minerals that have numerous health benefits – from reducing the risk of stroke, heart disease and even cancer to enhancing brain function. But the best part is the antioxidants greatly reduce the body’s natural aging process.
Here’s the tricky bit. Fruits and green vegetables are the best source of these nutritious chemicals. So as a mom you need to make sure that your kid’s diet incorporates these foods in a form as natural as possible for maximum benefits – whether they like it or not.
Calcium is important for kids’ growth
Dairy products are the best source of calcium and the best foods for your kid’s developing bones PERIOD! Children generally tend to run away from milk because of its smell and taste. In fact, a glass of milk is so full of natural goodness that it’s imperative to have at least one every day to maintain healthy and strong bones.
Our skeleton forms our basic structure which not only supports but also protects muscles and organs from damage. The need for healthy bones is even more significant in children as they’re still growing and they constantly engage in various physically demanding activities that would be difficult with weak bones.
Luckily it’s not just milk that’s packed with calcium; yogurt is an equally good source while also having the added benefits of serving as a strong antibacterial and antiviral to combat some of the gastric infections that cause diarrhea and food poisoning.
And remember… NEVER ASK… JUST FEED!
Arsalan Ahmed is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger. Follow @arsalanahmedk for more updates.