Children are always full of energy and exuberance, which is exactly how we like them!
We want to fuel your young family members with the best type of energy possible, to make sure they can fulfil their potential. What kids eat affects their energy levels, and some foods can make them hyperactive, which can prevent them from concentrating at school or falling asleep at bedtime. Here are some of the essential nutrients your growing child needs:
Usually found in dairy products, calcium is a must-have in every child’s diet. It helps young bodies get the nutrition they need to develop, strengthen bones and teeth. Calcium is the building block to growing healthy, strong and durable human bodies.
Vitamin D is very important for children! Too little Vitamin D leads to very soft bones (a disease called Osteomalacia ), which makes it easy for bones to bow and break. Luckily, it’s in milk, Blue Band margarine, sunshine, fish oil and eggs, so make sure your kids get their fair share.
Vitamin A is important for three reasons: (1) maintaining a strong immune system, (2) helping children grow and develop, and (3) protecting the body against night blindness and other eye illnesses. Give your family a healthy helping of Vitamin A by feeding them carrots, sweet potato and other winter squashes, as well as by spreading a thin layer of Blue Band on their school sandwiches or breakfast toast before adding their favourite topping.
Fat is the most energy rich nutrient. It adds flavour, taste and deliciousness to food, is a carrier of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and promotes healthy growth of children. Find it in Blue Band spread, peanut butter, fish oils, avocado, vegetable oils and olive oil.
Eating Omega 3 is known to benefit human beings from before birth all the way to old age. It strengthens the heart, optimises brain function, and helps the body fight back against life-threatening illnesses, like pneumonia. That’s why, as a mother, it’s never too early to include it in your child’s diet. You can find Omega 3 in oily fish like pilchards and salmon as well as Soya and rapeseed.