Superfood lists are everywhere, and most have different foods listed. Because I want to feed my kid the best, I’ve done a bit of research and found these 15 superfoods for you and your kids are the best.
After reading this list and you’re curious about other superfood lists, make sure these four things are listed: low calories, high fiber, high in Omega 3’s and high in vitamin and minerals.
15 Superfoods For You and Your Kids
#1 – Flaxseed
Flaxseed is bursting with Omega-3 fatty acids that little guys need to grow their brains to their full potential. Buy it ground and sprinkle it over their cereal or add 1/4 cup to their favorite baked-good recipe. They’ll get better nutrition without even knowing it.
#2 – Sweet Potatoes
These orange tubers are high in Vitamin A which helps kids develop healthy vision and eyes. And they’re delicious roasted, mashed, baked or covered in marshmallows and brown sugar.
#3 – Yogurt
Containers that say “active culture” on the side feature living probiotics that keep kids’ digestive tracts working under optimal conditions. And it has more calcium per serving than milk. Plain is
best, but you can pique their interest with lots of colorful fruit and honey.
#4 – Chia Seeds
One tablespoon of these tiny nutty-tasting seeds has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, plus calcium and Omega-3s. Chia is also a good source of iron, which many women don’t get enough of. Try it on hot cereals, smoothies, salads and so much more. Here’s a jam I made a couple of weeks ago using this superfood – HEALTHY TASTY RAW BLACKBERRY JAM
#5 – Eggs
They’re not exactly exotic but they are one of the best superfood breakfasts. They contain Vitamin D for better calcium absorption and lots of protein to keep little ones full and focused until snack time.
#6 – Fruit
It’s no secret that fruit is good for you. AND it’s even better for kids. A fruit plate with a variety of colors provides kids with essential vitamins and minerals they need to grow and fiber to keep
colons healthy. Introduce your kids to a daily fruit plate at a young age and they will probably continue the habit into adulthood. All berries are the best!!
#7 – Nuts
Nuts are loaded with healthy fats which we all need this kind of fat in the morning for lots of energy we will need to get things started!!
#8 – Tomato
A tomato a day can keep cancer away. They’re best cooked and paired with olive oil in pasta sauce or other kid-friendly dishes.
#9 – Salmon
It makes much better fish sticks than the frozen box mystery fish. Salmon has the protein kids need to grow and lots of Omega-3 fatty acids to promote the development of healthy brains and strong hearts.
#10 – Avocado
Avocados are full of that “good fat” you’re always hearing about. Kids need a daily diet with roughly 30% monosaturated fat and a little avocado a day provides more than enough. You won’t need to do much coaxing, most kids love guacamole!
#11 – Cocoa
A cup of hot cocoa (at least 70 percent pure cocoa) promotes oral health and helps to protect delicate skin from sun damage over time. You can also sprinkle cocoa powder on fruit, snacks, and desserts for a healthy punch of flavor.
#12 – Oranges
One of the best sources of Vitamin C that kids love. They are also high in fiber and folate.
#13 – Basil
Basil packs in a lot of nutritional punch. It has vitamins A, C, and K, iron, potassium, and calcium. Plus basil can be grown at home right on the countertop. Toss it on pasta sauces, pizza, and other yummy kid favorites.
#14 – Cinnamon
This tasty spice regulates blood sugar, which will keep your kids’ energy from crashing after breakfast in the middle of a school day. Sprinkle on breakfast foods, in smoothies and anywhere else you find that fits. Sorry, packaged cinnamon toast won’t cut it here.
#15 – Oatmeal
This kids superfood has science behind it. Studies revealed that kids who start their day with oatmeal concentrate better in school all day. That’s because oatmeal breaks down slowly to give continual bursts of energy over a long period of time.
I absolutely agree with all 15 here, especially avocados, oatmeal, and salmon. Those three I always see on superfood lists. Cinnamon too! Just remember, a “true” superfood doesn’t come in packages.