Building a strong foundation for life starts with nutrition, and it’s no wonder that protein takes centre stage. Protein is one of the most important nutrients for your child’s growth and development, as it works as the body’s – and brain’s -building blocks. We all want our kids to become the best they can be, and ‘growing them into pros’ starts with what they eat.
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That’s why we need to give them the right nutrients, in the right amounts, to provide them with a healthy foundation for life. Here’s how we can kick-start their future, just by making some simple dietary tweaks Essential STAND A CHANCE TO WIN! Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4 is giving away a hamper to one lucky Essentials reader, worth R1 000. The hamper consists of a Lego Duplo set, a branded apron, a colouring book, a puzzle, and a tin of Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4. To enter, visit essentials.co.za 2. WATCH THAT SUGAR! We know that if you add up all the sugar – both hidden and obvious – in your child’s diet it may be panic-inducing.
Too much sugar can have a host of health implications later on in life, like diabetes and weight problems. But cutting down on sugar doesn’t have to lead to tantrums – it just means you need to be more mindful of things like: Making sure that whatever you feed your child, it’s as close to its natural state as possible – the less processing the better. Also look at healthier options such as fresh fruit, or sweet veg. Reading labels carefully – often food that’s marketed as ‘healthy’ has loads of hidden sugar (like some breakfast cereals).
Limiting sugar-laden beverages, and don’t overdo fruit juices either. Reducing your child’s sugar tolerance by slowly moderating sugar intake and bolstering their diets with unprocessed wholefoods. Over time, food that’s high in sugar will start tasting too sweet and your child will start avoiding it. Baking instead of buying treats. Home-made treats can contain less added sugar and you can further reduce the sugar content by adding naturally sweet ingredients like fruit. Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4 has no added sucrose, so you can rest assured that it won’t be adding to their sugar intake. 1. GIVE THEM THE RIGHT KIND OF PROTEIN Protein is essential for muscle growth and brain development, tissue repair, and even keeping your littlie’s immune system in tip-top shape. Feeding your child protein like fish, chicken, lean red meat, eggs and dairy – and plant proteins such as lentils, beans and chickpeas – is all-important, but sometimes small bodies need some extra help.
Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4 is a scientifically-formulated drink that contains Optimised Protein, which helps deliver protein in the right quality and quantity for your … growing child, aged three to five. Optimised Protein is easier to digest and absorb – so it’s perfect for growing bodies and minds. ESS8468/12/17 Photography Thinkstock; Supplied ESSENTIALS | promotion 3. DON’T FORGET BREAKFAST Skipping breakfast is never a good idea: it sets your child up for poor brain function, a bad mood, and an increased risk of behavioual problems throughout the day. A power breakfast should include enough protein, carbohydrate and fat (but not too much, of course). A highly refined carb breakfast (like a sugary, refined cereal) spikes blood-sugar levels, only for them to drop soon after, which leads to a ‘sugar crash’. These highs and lows cause sluggishness, and poor concentration. On the other hand, including Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4 as part of a balanced breakfast, is one of the easiest ways of ensuring that your child is getting a source of protein and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids at the start of the day.
Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4 also has added active cultures, B. longum and L. rhamnosus which are known to help build a balanced immune and digestive system, while omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are known for supporting the brain and vision when consumed as part of a balanced diet. 4. UNDERSTAND THEIR NUTRITIONAL NEEDS A healthy appetite often translates into a healthy child. Or does it? What if your child is eating too much of the wrong things? Just because they’re not a fussy eater, doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re getting all the nutrients they need. Research suggests that children should be eating from the following food groups daily: Unrefined carbs (brown bread, pasta, etc.) – one serving with each meal, as well as snacks. Fruit and vegetables – at least one to two servings at each meal and with snacks; let children eat frequently and throughout the day if they wish to. Dairy – one serving three times per day. Too much and it’ll reduce your child’s appetite for iron-rich food from the other food groups, so limit serving sizes. It is recommended that children have two cups of dairy every day.
Protein (meat, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses) – one serving two to three times per day. Nestle NANKID OPTIPRO 4, as a source of protein, can be included in your child’s diet as part of their dairy servings. NANKID OPTIPRO 4 also contains Omega Smart, a special blend W ^ V of fat, containing omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, known for supporting the brain and vision. E OPTIMISED PROTEIN Source of Protein Bifidus Omega Smart STRONG FOUNDATION FOR LIFE IS? c NANK OPTIPRO PKMIUM DRINK FOR GROWNG CHIDREN 5. BUILD GOOD HABITS It’s easy to turn to convenience foods when it comes to your child’s nutrition, especially when you’ve had a long day at work and it seems easier to just pop a ready-made meal into the microwave. But when it comes to your child’s eating habits, it’s up to you to make them good food habits – good nutrition from a young age sets them up for a healthy adulthood. To develop healthy food habits, keep these pointers in mind:
Expose your tot to a wide variety of food, and remember that they’ll copy your eating behaviours and habits – so ditch the bad ones! Let your kids help pick out the food at the grocery store and involve them in the preparation. They’ll be more likely to enjoy the healthy dishes if they helped prepare them, and you’ll have an opportunity to teach them about good nutrition. Tweaking daily food just slightly can vastly improve the nutritional quality of a diet. Reduce fat intake and offer grilled, baked, and steamed food instead of fried. Serve skinless chicken and lean cuts of meat. Legumes are very good protein sources without the fat. Opt for wholegrain bread and cereals as they provide more vitamins and fibre. Make snacks as nutritious as possible by including plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, and offer healthy beverages like water, milk and unsweetened flavoured milk.
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