Alright, so we all know that vegetables are important and so are healthy proteins for our kids to eat, it seems that all the other stuff is what seems to be debatable. Do they drink juice and how much is okay to drink? What about sugar? Is it okay and if it is then how much can my child have? There is plenty of room for parents to make choices in their child’s diet, however, there are a few basic food groups that a child’s diet should center on.
Our lives are all busy and it is easy to forget just how important our children’s nutrition is. So the easiest way to determine what your child should be eating is to determine if the item is actually food or not. If the food is sitting on a grocery shelf for a year and does not decompose than most likely it is not fit for consumption. The “non-food” list would also include anything containing hydrogenated oils (soy,peanut, canola, cottonseed, vegetable, etc), anything containing High Fructose Corn Syrup, anything containing MSG, anything containing processed grains or artificial sweeteners. So this means NO fast food, most food bars , microwaveable food and most drinks except water. Avoid chemical sources like BPA in canned goods and bottled water in soft plastic. There are also antibiotics, pesticides and hormones found in conventional meats which are important to stay away from.
So know you are probably confused and unsure about what you should feed your kids. Don’t worry there are plenty of tasty foods to choose from to feed your children. I will give you a list of necessary foods that are excellent and necessary sources of nutrition that every child should eat regularly. Next I make suggestions about “what” they should eat, and then I will tell you “how”.