Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough for your kids' health and nutrition? Don’t worry, so has almost every other parent ever. Our resident nutritionist and mumma Lisa Baker has come up with 5 clever tips to encourage healthy eating for kids. Nutrition for kids doesn’t have to be boring, and getting kids to eat those all too important fruits and veggies (believe it or not) can be made fun, especially with the extra help from some superfood supplements for kids. Try incorporating one at a time, remember, each child is different and learning a healthy habit takes time, so don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re doing great!
Make Healthy Eating for Kids Fun!
Making mealtimes fun is a great way to encourage healthy eating for kids. Sometimes this can mean getting creative and turning your meals into playful works of art (The Nutritious Land Before Time is one of our recent favourites). When it comes to kids' health, sometimes it just means that you need to bring some fun and imaginative energy to the table. Keeping the energy light, fun and playful encourages kids to try new things and get involved, no more nagging for the broccoli to go down. Nutrition for kids isn’t just about getting the nutrients in today, it’s about developing a healthy relationship and healthy eating habits for kids health long term.
Practice Repetition for Kids Health
Do your kids constantly reject certain foods? It’s frustrating right?! Well don't give up (unless they are allergic or it actually makes them sick). Rather than not buying that food any more, just serve up smaller portions, regularly, alongside foods that your kids have already deemed “acceptable.” Seeing the food over and over again will make the food more familiar, and smaller portions will make it less intimidating. Eventually, your little one may just surprise you and behind eating foods that will benefit the kids health.
Promote Kids Nutrition through Colour
The dinner plate is no place for an aesthetically pleasing neutral palette when it comes to healthy eating for kids. You want that plate to explode with colour. The more colourful the better. Colour is nature's way of communicating a variety of nutrients, and kids are just instinctively drawn to it. If they are eating colour, they are eating healthy (unless it's lollies - that's definitely not what we mean. The colour has to come from nature not preservatives.
Sneak in some Superfoods for Kids
There's nothing wrong with a little bit of stealthy nutrition to top up kids nutritional intake for the day. Do your kids just flat out reject vegetables, but think pasta is fine? Well puree up as much veggie action as you can and then coat the pasta in the veggie sauce. You just do what you gotta do sometimes. Nutrition for kids by stealth was a huge part of the inspiration behind our superfood supplements for kids range, consisting of Veggie Hero, Choc Whiz, Berry Immune and Captain Calm. In an ideal world, our kids would be eating all the fruit and vegetables by choice, in a less than ideal world, it's good to have a few tricks up our sleeves for our kids' health.
Nutrition for Kids Takes Time (so take it!)
Sometimes this one is easier said than done, but it still needs to be said. Take your time around meal time! To encourage healthy eating and healthy relationships with food, the feeling of rushing needs to go. Especially with really small kids, food and eating is an exploration and a learning process that is essential for kids’ health and nutrition. Having one foot out the door when you're trying to get everyone fed is a recipe for disaster. Allowing time for kids to try a little bit of this and that during meal times, and throughout the day, will result in kids consuming more nutrition (and a messy home, but these tips are all about nutrition, the house can wait).
Superfood Supplements for Kids
Nutra Organics Superfoods for Kids range was designed to be delicious, nutritious and without fillers or synthetics - only wholefood nutrition designed for toddlers and kid’s taste buds and parent’s peace of mind. Worry about one less thing knowing you’ve got nutrition covered for your family and children's nutrition, health and wellbeing. Whether you’re after some extra immunity boosters, cognitive function, energy, calming support for kids or just nutritional foods for picky eaters - the Nutra Organics Superfoods for Kids range has got you covered. With Berry Immune, Choc Whiz, Veggie Hero, Captain Calm, Super Greens + Reds and Thriving Proteins. Each product is family-friendly, versatile and easy to hide in cooking or to hero the delicious flavours in your baking, snacks or drinks.
Berry Immune - Berry Immune support kids wellbeing with bioavailable vitamin C, zinc, iron & vitamin D from magical ingredients like rosehip, sea buckthorn, echinacea and 9 super berries. Berry Immune supports immunity, antioxidant protection, growth & development, energy and gut wellbeing.
Choc Whiz - Containing bioavailable calcium, iron, magnesium, omega 3 DHA, prebiotics and 1 billion CFU potent shelf stable probiotics to restore digestive health. Choc Whiz supports cognitive function, gut wellbeing, teeth & bones, energy and growth & development.
Veggie Hero - Containing 18 bioavailable vitamins & minerals from pure, organic wholefoods, including vitamins A, C, D, E, B vitamins, zinc, folate & iodine. Veggie Hero supports healthy eating for kids as well as benefits like immunity, growth, energy and antioxidant protection.
Captain Calm - With bioavailable magnesium, vitamin D, B vitamins and soothing passionflower, lemon balm and chamomile. Captain Calm supports physical relaxation, cognitive function, a calm mind, emotional well-being and antioxidant protection.
Super Greens + Reds - With 18 vitamins & minerals from all natural sources, including vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, Super Greens + Reds is the all-in-one wellness elixir that gives your body everything it needs to feel your best.
Plus, with a synbiotic blend containing prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health, plant protein and a restorative & cleansing herbal blend, Super Greens + Reds is the most comprehensive, potent & bioavailable multivitamin formula using only natural wholefood sources. Super Greens + Reds helps to support immunity, gut wellbeing, energy, antioxidant protection, alkalising minerals and cognitive function.
Thriving Proteins - Thriving Protein delivers a wholesome boost of protein, calcium, iron, selenium, vitamins C, D, E, folate and other B vitamins, all from organic wholefoods to support optimal health and wellbeing.
With sprouted & bio-fermented pea and brown rice proteins combined with prebiotics & 1 billion CFU of probiotics per serve, Thriving Protein supports gut health and is easily digestible for tiny tummies. Thriving Protein supports growth & development, immunity, energy, muscle & bone support and digestive health.