Nutrition is so important to our health. Unfortunately, nutrition isn’t always on the top of everyone’s agenda. As a mom, getting healthy, nutritious, REAL foods into my kids has always been a major priority, right from day 1.
First – Read Labels! Second – Avoid high sodium foods. The high salt content in many children’s snacks and food is unhealthy and dangerous. Children should consume 1000mg of sodium a day at a maximum. A high sodium (salt) diet contributes to a wide array of diseases like high blood pressure, stoke, obesity and kidney failure. Cheerios (190 mg of sodium) and goldfish (210mg sodium) are a staple among toddlers, and full of unhealthy salt!
Toddlers little Entrees by Gerber’s ‘Chicken and Pasta Wheel Pickups’ has 400mg of sodium, ‘Sundried Tomato and herbs chicken sausage’ has 680mg of sodium, ‘Cheesy pasta Chicken and vegetables with peas’ has 450mg of sodium. To give you some perspective, a medium McDonalds French fries has 270 mg of sodium.
Some healthier options….
- Make homemade pasta like Ditalini or pastina with homemade tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.
- Homemade toast cubes or strips of toast with cream cheese, hummus, or dipped in yogurt.
- Boiled or baked, fresh fruits or vegetables cut up into small pieces, cooked carrots, boiled potatoes, broccoli, or cauliflower with melted low sodium cheese.
- Raw fruits and vegetables that can be easily chewed and swallowed, like diced melons and grapes, peas, avocado, bananas.
- A low sodium rotisserie chicken is healthy and delicious! Or a flaky fish like cod, tilapia or salmon.
For children and adults the nutritional goals are – half your plate should be fresh fruits and vegetables, and half lean proteins and whole grains, plus a serving of dairy. Choose real foods over processed foods and water over soda or surgery juices.
Real, fresh foods, will promote healing and energy in post-partum moms and promote a lifetime of healthy eating and healthy living, for the whole family.
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