Want to build a strong foundation for your child through nutrition? Then, start with protein. Protein is one of the most important nutrients for your child’s growth and development, working as the body’s – and brain’s – building block.
By making some dietary tweaks, you can work to kick-start their future:
1. Give them the right kind of protein
Feeding your child protein like fish, chicken, lean red meat, eggs and dairy – and plant proteins such as lentils, beans and chickpeas – are important. Nestlé NANKID OPTIPRO 4 is a scientifically-formulated drink which is a source of protein and contains Optimised Protein – which is easier to digest and absorb by growing children aged three to five.
2. Watch that sugar!
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 is as close to its natural state as possible, e.g. fresh fruit and vegetables
- Limit sugar-laden beverages
- Reduce your child’s sugar tolerance by slowly moderating sugar intake and bolstering their diets with wholefoods
- Nestlé NANKID OPTIPRO 4 has no added sucrose.
3. Don’t forget breakfast
Skipping breakfast sets your child up for poor brain function, a bad mood, and an increased risk of behavioural problems throughout the day. Including NANKID 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.
Nestlé NANKID OPTIPRO 4 has the added active cultures B. longum and L. rhamnosus, which are known to help build a balanced immune and digestive system.
4. Understand their nutritional needs
A healthy appetite often translates into a healthy child. But, 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 shows that children should be eating from the following food groups:
- Starchy food (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 fruit and veg frequently and throughout the day if they wish to.
- Dairy – one serving three times per day.
- Protein (meat, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses) – one serving, two or three times per day. Nestlé NANKID OPTIPRO 4, as a source of protein, can be included in your child’s diet as a serving of protein.
5. Build good habits
It’s easy to turn to ready-made meals and snacks 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 something into the microwave. But when it comes to your child’s eating habits, it’s up to you to make the right choices – good nutrition from a young age sets them up for a healthy life.
Stand a chance to win!
Nestlé 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 Nestlé NANKID OPTIPRO 4. Complete the form below to enter.
This competition closes on 31 January 2018.
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