As children grow, they need to eat more to keep their bodies moving, shaking, and dancing. They also need to eat a greater variety of their nutrients, those important resources that keep the body healthy. There are different types of nutrients, many of which are important to a person’s muscles, bones, and organs functioning properly.
The two biggest groups of nutrients are Macronutrients – a type of food required in large doses – which consist of the categories of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Micronutrients are a chemical element or substance required in trace amounts for the normal growth and development of living organisms.
For toddlers and other young children, certain micronutrients are critical for growth. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to help kids get these nutrients, even picky eaters.
Here are the 4 important micronutrients for growing children, and foods that have them.
-Iron: This nutrient empowers blood to carry oxygen all over the body. It is easily attained through red meat, shellfish, and beans.
-Vitamin A: This nutrient is good for healthy eyes and skin. Veggies are some of the best ways to get Vitamin A, including carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
-Vitamin C: To keep an immune system strong and heal wounds, getting the perfect amount of Vitamin C is key. Consuming bright colored fruits like orange, papaya, and even cauliflower can be a good source.
-Calcium: Who wants strong bones? We do! Eggs, yogurt, and even spinach can fortify any diet with calcium.
There are many important dietary nutrients. Which ones do you think can be the hardest to get in a diet? Let us know and we can address it in the future!
By: Bethany Verrett