As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, parents were left at home with their children what brought lots of different responsibilities. It is not only being a teacher, but also a cook, cleaner, friend but still mum and dad. Parents and families can be searching for nutritional advice as provide the right nutrition for your children is beneficial for their development.
Is there a specific food kids should eat to ensure they maintain good level of energy, brain development and immunity?
There is no single food that , in isolation, can have a magic effects on all of that. Children need wide variety of foods regardless they are vegetarians or does not consume certain food due to religious beliefs.
High intake of sugary food and drinks might be an idea how to give a child a quick energy boost, however, it does not last long. It usually follows with lethargic feeling and lack of concentration.
Therefore, you should provide your children food containing low sugar level. The good breakfast is:
- wholemeal toast with eggs
- porridge oats sweetened with fresh fruit or even dried fruit
- white natural yogurt with fruit or nuts
Can some food help to improve my kid’s memory?
You might feel that your children do not remember the things they have learnt at school. There are essential vitamins that should improve the memory such as Vitamin B1, B5, B12, C. But I think that one of the most important for the healthy brain development is Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 resources suitable for children and the type the brain needs:
- egg yolks
- full-fat dairy products
- oily fish
Can I do something that helps the immune system remain strong?
There are simple points we should make sure our children gets every day: good quality sleep, physical activity and hydration. Nutrition play also a role, just it need more research.
I believe that essential amino acids are connected to the immune system, for example, animal source food, eggs, leafy green vegetables, seeds and grains.
Besides that, food rich in Vitamin A, C, D will help with fighting with infections. Those can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, seeds or legumes.