We all want our kids to be healthy happy, healthy and glowing, but in reality are they?
In todays modern world there is many environmental, social and emotional stresses that can stop your little sweethearts from thriving. Here’s some simple steps to help boost your child’s health, immunity and behaviour.
Feed their bellies, and I'm not talking about feeding them food! There is a major connection
between the gut and brain so if your child starts acting out, has behavioural problems,
suffers from tummy complaints, skin conditions, irregular bowel movements, or seems to
pick up every cold or tummy bug going around, its time to look at the gut! This can be done
by adding some fermented foods into their diet, a good probiotic (powder probiotic is great,
you can add it to their drink bottle, yoghurt, milk, cereal, sprinkled over cut up fruit), and
plenty of tummy friendly food. Example of fermented foods; sauerkraut, miso, kefir, kombucha,
kimchi, pickled vegetables.
Adequate protein. Protein is the building blocks to our cells, so for kids to grown up nice and
strong and to keep their immunity up they need to eat protein! A lot of kids diets consist of
mostly carbohydrates, so keep in mind a each meal to add protein. Example of protein foods
are; eggs, cheese, yoghurt, chicken & meats, tofu, nuts and seeds.
Vegetables, for healthy happy glowing kids feed them the rainbow. Kids love colours and
there is lots of vitamins in colour. And don’t forget to mix it up! Kids tastbuds change more
regularly compared to adults so if they don’t like broccoli, don’t give up, give them a small
piece at least once a week and one day they might just give it a go!
Healthy fats for good brain health. Add into their diet avocado, fish, nuts, seeds, chia seeds,
flaxseed oil, coconut oil, olive oils.
Fresh is best! Avoid process foods that are loaded with preservatives where possible. Kids
who eat mostly fresh foods have better immunity and behaviour.
1 cup spinach leaves
½ cup strawberries
½ cup blueberries
½ frozen banana
250mls of water
1 tbsp of kefir
Blend all ingredients and serve in a cute cup and straw.
Lisa Widman the Nutritionist and mummy of two