As children have different dietary needs than adults, maximise their nutritional intake with these kid-friendly superfoods, best served right in the morning to fuel them through the day.
1. Goji Berries
This little red Chinese fruit is deemed the most nutritious berry in the world. It’s packed with antioxidants that are essential for good vision, among many other benefits. Asians like to boil them in soups but you can also eat dried goji berries on their own or with granola, muesli, cereal or oatmeal.
Oatmeal is a great whole grain to serve to children. It has lots of fibre, B vitamins and beta-glucans, which help lower blood cholesterol. Thick, gooey oatmeal isn’t very appealing but you can serve it with yogurt, milk and fruits, or in a granola mix. Uncooked oats can also be blended into a smoothie or baked into breads and muffins.
3. Jasberry Rice
A new variety of organic rice with almost three times more antioxidants than blueberry and ten times more antioxidants than green tea, Jasberry rice offers many health benefits, including a boost to the immune system. And unlike other types of black rice, which can be tough to chew, Jasberry is soft and a hit with kids! It’s great as a hearty Asian-style breakfast, served as a porridge or with savoury stir-fried dishes.
4. Nuts Butters
Almond, cashew and blended nut butters provide protein, iron and zinc. They also contain healthy fat, and are a good alternative to meat. Check labels to avoid nut butters loaded with sugar. Around two tablespoons (or one serving) will do, given their high caloric content. Serve with slices of apple, on toast or in a sandwich.
5. Coconut Oil
Non-processed, raw virgin coconut oil contains the highest amount of lauric acid of any food. It boasts anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial fatty acids that keep immune systems strong, among other benefits. Use it to cook your morning eggs or pancakes instead of other vegetable oils. Also, as coconut oil is highly resistant to oxidation at high heats, it’s perfect for high-heat cooking methods like frying.
The deep green spirulina, a type of algae, is not the easiest superfood for kids as it has a strong, salty taste. However, add a little bit of powdered spirulina to a smoothie, along with bananas and milk (cow, coconut, almond or soy), for an easy, nutritious breakfast. You can also mix it in a soup or bake it in a loaf of bread. Spirulina noodles or pasta are also available. It’s worth a try to reap the benefits, which include free-radical fighting antioxidants and iron.
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