I think as moms we invest half of the day and so many energies in planning food for our child and the other half in preparing it. The proteins & carbs that our child needs from potatoes & rice is often ignored as we believe they are less nutritious and more fattening. But that rule applies only to adults. Kids actually need the carbs from there. We often tend to focus on fruits & veggies, dairy and whole wheat but well the broadest part of the pyramid is the former.
You know what fruits and vegetables are, but here’s a reminder about what’s included in the three other food groups: protein, grains, and dairy:
Protein: Beef; poultry; fish; eggs; nuts and seeds; and beans and peas like black beans, split peas, lentils, and even tofu and veggie burgers. Protein builds up, maintains, and replaces the tissues in your body.
Grains: Bread, cereal, rice, tortillas, and pasta. Whole-grain products such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice are recommended because they have more fiber and help you feel full.
Dairy: Milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified soy milk.
What also helps to make all your efforts in feeding them worth while is and your childâ€™s 100 billion brain cells function well is plenty of oxygen. So make sure he gets plenty of outdoor exercise. The pathways between brain cells become coated with myelin sheathing as the child grows. Good sheathing helps the brain work faster and creating good sheathing depends on good nutrition and a good diet. For a healthy body, you should give your child more of some foods than of others.Â
So moms go ahead and put this chart right on your fridge or kitchen cabinet as your child needs to eat from each food group everyday.
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