No matter what stage of life you’re in, nutrition information is notoriously confusing.
What do you eat when you’re pregnant? And what should you feed your kids?
Well here are 3 fabulous finds that can help you divulge the secrets to feeding a healthy family:
Peanuts and Peanut Butter
Nutrient needs go through the roof when you’re pregnant. But you might not realize one of the most nutritious foods is something that 95% of Americans already have in their pantry: peanut butter.
- Folate – folate helps cells divide and prevent neural tube defects. Folate needs increase by 50% during pregnancy and peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of folate.
- Protein – protein needs go up by 25 grams per day in pregnancy. Peanuts have more protein than any other nut. Two tablespoons of peanut butter gives you 8 grams protein.
- Allergen Averted – don’t worry about avoiding peanuts during pregnancy. A recent study showed eating peanuts while pregnant may actually reduce allergen risk.
You can explore some great kid-friendly recipes for kids courtesy of the National Peanut Board at: http://nationalpeanutboard.org/recipe/kid-friendly/.
You can’t deny that pregnant ladies and little kids have one thing in common: they are always hungry! Enter avocados!
- Good Fats – avocados are packed with good fats, and those fats help promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness. The more full you are, the less you are to overeat next time.
- Skip the Sodium & Sugar – avocados are naturally sodium and sugar free, making them great options for growing bodies, both during pregnancy and childhood.
- First Foods – renowned pediatricians Drs. Bill & Jim Sears rank avocados #1 on their list of kids fruits since avocados are so nutrient dense, with over 20 vitamins and minerals.
California Avocados are in peak season right now – and the California Avocado Commission website is a great place to find healthy recipes.
You can learn more about incorporating avocados in homemade baby food by visiting http://www.californiaavocado.com/homemade-avocado-baby-food/.
The USDA says that kids age 6-19 eat only about half the amount of fruits and vegetables they need.
Any why is that? Many parents struggle with innovative ways to get their kids to eat healthy produce. Well good2grow is a product that’s working to solve this problem.
- Good2grow is a new line of nutritious children’s beverages in tasty & healthy flavors kids love, packaged in spill-proof character bottle toppers that parents feel good about serving.
- These fruit juices and fruit and veggie blends have no added sugars, are non-GMO and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. All packaging is BPA-free.
- You can find good2grow in your area by searching their online store finder at: http://good2grow.com/store-locator
For more information on Feeding Healthy Families, check out my segment on Wake Up San Diego this morning.
Disclosure: this is a sponsored blog post.