10 Superfoods for Kids
Superfood! It’s a word that’s being tossed around a lot these days, isn’t it? And for good reason, too, we say. Superfoods are chockful of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential for your kiddo’s proper development. There are lots of superfoods that you can easily incorporate into your child’s regular meals and snacks to ensure they have a balanced, nutritious diet.
At Kinderkind, your best-loved online modern kids’ apparel store, we know how picky children can be about their food. Remember Kate Bridge, mom to four adorable kids, shared some great ideas with us on how to get little ones to eat healthy and fresh? Kind mom Kate is a popular mommy influencer known for her cool lifestyle videos on happy, wholesome motherhood. Check out her ideas at:
Read on to know more about our top ten favorite superfoods for kids!
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C and manganese.
These small, sweet, delightfully blueberries are a yummy snack for your little ones. You can sprinkle them on cereal or yogurt, or whip up a refreshing blueberry smoothie! For a sweet treat, try making berry popsicles, or tossing them with nuts, raisins and some chocolate chips for a tasty trail mix.
Here are 10 cool blueberry recipes you can whip up in no time:
2. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are a marvellous plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium for those little growing teeth and bones.
Chia seeds are great as an egg substitute in baking – try a batch of tempting chia seed cookies, some wholesome chia pudding or scrumptious homemade pasta for your little one. These little power-packed seeds can also be added as a crunchy, munchy topping to smoothies, oatmeal, or sundaes for a healthy and tasty breakfast or snack!
Check out these fab chia pudding ideas that are perfect for toddlers:
Pulses are an excellent source of protein and fiber – and they are incredibly versatile to prepare!
Cooked lentils, beans and peas can easily be pureed and added to yummy soups, stews and sauces.You can even make hummus, a kiddie-favorite, by simply replacing the chickpeas with cooked pulses. Kids love burgers and meatballs, and you can substitute meat for lentils, beans or a mixture of the two to make delicious, homemade veggie patties and meatless meatballs!
This recipe for vegan burger patties and meatballs has us drooling too!
Kale is the powerhouse among all the dark green veggies. These emerald-colored leaves pack a nutritional punch with loads of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Kale might taste bitter, especially to kids with sensitive palates. Lightly sauté to reduce the bitterness or pair with sweet fruits like berries or bananas in a smoothie. Try pureeing and adding to pasta, lasagne or stews. Or you can get super creative and bake some leaves till crisp, and season them lightly for a crunchy nutritious snack!
Try out these great kid-friendly kale recipes:
This fishy superfood is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for your little one’s development.
Salmon is delicious when baked or grilled with choice herbs and spices. If your little one is a fish-lover, try substituting salmon in a tuna fish sandwich.Replacing chicken with grilled salmon in burritos tortacos is another great way to incorporate fish into your child’s meals!
Here are some delectable salmon recipes your kid will adore:
Eggs are one of our favorite superfoods – they are super versatile, easy to cook – and you can make so many yummy dishes with them! Eggs are a great source of protein, vitamins and folate.
There are endless ways to serve eggs to your little one. Scramble, fry or devil them, or serve up a healthy veggie-stuffed omelet or frittata. Egg salad sandwiches, baked eggs, scotch eggs – let your creativity and imagination run free, and see the delight in your kiddo’s eyes!
We love these quick and easy egg recipes and so will you!
We love nuts for their punch of protein! They’re also full of vitamins and healthy fats, and make a fantastic healthy snack to munch on.
There’s a glorious variety of nuts out there, and they’re all good. Almonds can be sliced into oatmeal or cereal. Walnuts are great in baked goods, like banana bread or carrot cake. Peanuts and tree nuts can be roasted and added to kid-friendly trail mix. Nut butters are bursting with nutrients and are a good alternative to whole nuts for children under 4 years – which kid doesn’t love a PBJ sandwich!
Here are some fun nut recipes to get you started:
8. GREEK YOGURT
Greek yogurt is a top superfood because of all the calcium and protein you get in each serving.
This cool, creamy treat comes in a plethora of flavors, making it the perfect kiddie snack. You can even flavor it yourself with chopped fruit,honey or cinnamon. It works great in smoothies and shakes too. Add herbs and seasonings to hung curd and serve it with veggie sticks for a scrumptious and wholesome snack!
Check out these delicious Greek yogurt recipes:
9. SUNFLOWER SEEDS
These little wonder seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients like folate, vitamin E and iron.
Sunflower seeds are a great snack alternative to chips or candy. Roast them with a little oil and season with salt and pepper, or add to trail mix for your little one to munch on. For children under 4 years, instead of whole seeds, try giving them sunflower butter made from ground sunflower seeds.
Here’s a quick and super-simple sunflower butter recipe you can try out:
This creamy green fruit is packed with fiber, vitamins, magnesium, and heart-healthy fats, and is excellent for eye and brain development. Add avocado slices to sandwiches, or puree them into soups or smoothies. You can also mash them up with some crushed garlic and lemon juice for a tasty homemade guacamole piled on crunchy tortilla chips or on crispy toast!
Your child will love these lip-smacking avocado recipes:
If you’re racking your brains for ways to incorporate these superfoods into your little one’s diet, worry not! Just check out our earlier post on “Spring Recipes to Get Kids Eating Fresh This Season”, for some healthy, innovative and lip-smacking recipes that will have the little ones eating with gusto!
We at Kinderkind, your favorite kids clothing online shopping boutique, know how important it is to focus on developing good eating habits in our kids from a young age. So start including these in your family diet pronto and take that all-important step towards a healthy diet and a healthy life!
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