Healthy, Kid-Friendly Foods for the Winter

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Kids’ energy levels drop during the winter season as daylight hours grow shorter.  Also, the colder temperatures can sometimes put a halt on their activity levels.  Hence, it’s important to provide them with the extra nutrition during this time of the year to keep their energy levels up. 

Apart from that, a sicknesses like colds and the flu spread during winter season especially in kids, and proper nutrition helps them fight those diseases before they catch them.  Here are some of the foods that you can give your kid during winter to keep them healthy and energized: 

  • Pomegranates:  Pomegranate juice is an excellent way to hydrate the body.  It contains antioxidants that protect our bodies from the harmful effects of free radicals.  
  • Salmon:  Salmon is rich in tryptophan and other animal proteins.  These neurotransmitters are natural mood enhancers that your kids may need during the gloomy winter season.  Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids that control depression.
  • Sweet potatoes:  Sweet potatoes contain fiber, vitamin A, and potassium.  Sweet potatoes can be used in a variety of foods, and are often recommended by pediatricians.
  • Cauliflower:  Apart from being regarded as a delicious vegetable, cauliflower has numerous benefits as well.  It contains vitamin A, B, C, and K.  It has growth supplements, such as potassium, magnesium and manganese, and it also offers some protein.  Fiber in cauliflower promotes digestion and increases energy level.
  • Squash:  Winter squash is packed with vitamin A, fiber and carotenoids that regulate heart function, manage blood sugar, and promote healthy skin.  Adding squash to your kid’s diet is a great way to improve their health.

Preparing food for kids during winter can be a challenging task for parents as there are many factors they need to keep in mind while choosing the right food, but the end result is absolutely rewarding.  A good balanced diet not only helps children maintain a good health but also keeps them energized. Each of these foods can be incorporated into recipes that are so tasty, your kids won’t even know that it’s so good for them!