5 Foods make sure your kids eat this winter
The chilly winter winds that somehow make a way into your home affect more than just your wardrobe, habits, and heating bills. It’s your body that first registers the arrival, and encounters changes in energy levels, metabolism, and even an inclination towards food.
No matter whoever it is, kids have a common problem with winter coats. They would refuse to bundle up now matter how appalling the situation outside is. There is no denying that they don’t know how to take care of themselves, and that’s why the kids suffer the most during the winter months – from typical seasonal flu and colds to Bronchiolitis and severe ear infections.
Apart from the numb weather, unhealthy food habits is a major factor that contributes to winter ailments. Here are five of the healthiest winter foods that your kids must consume.
1. Pomegranates: Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants – just one might help to keep free radicals from oxidizing “bad” LDL cholesterol. Pomegranates are also rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamins C and E. These two vitamins are powerful antioxidants that help expel free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules that attack healthy tissues, from the body. Also, vitamin C is very necessary for the body’s immunity during winter.
2. Dark leafy greens: Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard, and collards, thrive in the chill of winter when other produce section looks bleak. As a matter of fact, winter takes away the bitterness of kale. These green leaves deliver vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, folate, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium. These nutrients perform different functions in the body – promoting good vision, supporting immune function, and acting as an antioxidant.
3. Citrus: Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime, and are rich in immune system-boosting vitamin C. A medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your baby’s daily dose.
4. Broccoli and cauliflower: Apart from getting the flu shot and asking your kids to wash hands always before eating, these cruciferous vegetables can be your best weapons to beat winter sickness. Broccoli and cauliflower are both rich in vitamin C, and boost immune function.
5. Winter squash: There are many types of winter squash – acorn, butternut, spaghetti, and delicata squash. Butternut squash has a good amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Both of these micro-nutrients are essential in improving the immune system of your child. As butternut squash has a good amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene, it helps improve the eyesight. Butternut squash is also rich in antioxidants, which reduce the free radical activity in the body. It further has antimicrobial properties and hence various diseases caused by bacteria and viruses can be reduced significantly by using butternut squash. Inflammations can be reduced to a great extent by regular consumption of butternut squash.