Top 10 superfoods to boost your kid’s development

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While it's true that all kids develop differently, there's certainly nothing wrong with giving them nutritious food to boost their development!

Your child's nutrition plays a big role when it comes to their development. Which is why it's very important to give them food that can improve their development and strengthen their bones and muscles so that they grow up to be smart, active, and healthy individuals!

1. Eggs

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Eggs are chock-full of protein which helps muscle development, and it also has Vitamin D, which helps your child's bones absorb calcium from milk and other sources. Eggs keep your kid strong and healthy, so don't skimp on the eggs! Just make sure they don't eat too much!

2. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal helps improve your child's concentration, and has calcium which helps strengthen your child's bones. It's also full of fiber which helps with your kid's digestion, and helps keep them full for longer since they digest slowly.

3. Milk

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Of course, milk is very important for growing children. It has a lot of nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium, as well as protein that can help build up your child's brain tissue, which is essential during their younger years.

4. Fruit

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Fruits are an amazing source of vitamins, minerals, water, fiber as well as sugar. The next time your kid is looking for a snack, or needs an energy boost, you can try giving them a piece of fruit instead of a cookie!

The vitamin C content inside fruits also help to keep your child's immune system strong. Just make sure not to give them too much fruit, as too much sugar is bad for them

5. Yogurt

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Chances are, you've seen the numerous yogurt commercials on television showing just how healthy yogurt is. Yogurt has a lot of live good bacteria which help strengthen your child's tummy, helps improve their digestion, and improves their health in general.

However, it would be best to avoid buying the sweetened yogurt, as it has a lot of sugar that's not really good for your child. Try and look for plain old yogurt, and make it tastier by adding fresh fruits, or a bit of honey.

6. Salmon

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Salmon, aside from being tasty, has a lot of omega-3 fatty acids which help in the development of your kid's brain. It's also an anti-inflammatory nutrient, so it's really good for your kid's developing body.

You can try and pair salmon with healthy fruits and vegetables to make it more palatable for your child. It's also best to look for natural or farmed salmon as they usually have a lower mercury content compared to other salmon.

7. Black beans

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The humble black bean is surprisingly healthy. Black beans are full of protein, fiber, and help fight against heart disease and high cholesterol, so you could also do yourself a favor by eating more black beans!

They're great with nachos, and you can make them into tasty veggie burgers, or put them in a burrito. Black beans are very versatile ingredients, and your kids will surely love them!

8. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are not only tasty, but they're really healthy. Tomatoes are full of lycopene which protect the body against different types of cancers, plus it's easy to add tomatoes to your kid's diet!

You can try making simple and healthy homemade pizzas, add some fresh tomatoes to your spaghetti sauce, and add it to dishes like sinigang or sinampalukang manok. Tomatoes are tasty, versatile, and good for you!

9. Cocoa

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Cocoa, not sweetened chocolate mind you, is pretty healthy. It contains a lot of flavonoids, which are compounds that keep your heart healthy, and also protects the skin.

Instead of giving your child regular chocolate bars, why not try giving them a small cube of dark chocolate. It's good for their health, and it also tastes good!

10. Cabbage

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Among the leafy green veggies, kids usually prefer eating cabbage compared to stuff like lettuce or spinach. For one, cabbage tastes more neutral so it doesn't overwhelm their tastebuds. Thankfully, cabbage also has a lot of phytonutrients which help keep cancer at bay, and improves digestion. It also keeps toxins away from your body by triggering enzymes that flush out toxins.

Cabbage is also ridiculously simple to cook, and you can add it to almost anything!

Source: parenting.com

READ: Parenting tips: What food should you feed your 6-month-old baby?

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