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These Meals can Help your children’s overall development

It is the second nature of kids to be picky when it comes to food, although you wouldn’t want to force your children to eat foods they don’t like, there are tons of delicious and healthy meals that your kids will love, they will even use their tongue to clean the plates. The kinds of food your kids eat plays a significant role in their development. At the stage of their life, your kids need to stay off high-fat foods, high-calorie foods. When your kids eat the right kind of food, it improves the memory, brain function, and concentration. If you want your kids to develop correctly, here are some food they should be eating:

Pap
Pap is a delicious food made from processed corn. It is easy to prepare and also easy to consume. Pap is an ideal food for children because it is very nutritious as wells your kids won’t stress themselves chewing it. The millet and corn used in the making of pap contain protein and cellulose that are very necessary for your child development. Besides, pap it contains rich micro-nutrients like B-vitamins, potassium, calcium, and iron. You can make your pap more nutritious by adding a bit of ginger, soya beans to it. Pap can be enjoyed like that, or you serve it with beans, bread or Akara balls.

Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes are a primary source of carbohydrate for your child. If you intend to feed your children with potato, make sure it is appropriately cooked because if the potato does not get soft enough, it might be quite difficult for your kid to eat. To make your sweet potato very easy for your child to eat, cook it properly and mash it. You can make it interesting by sprinkling crayfish or Titus fish on it. Adding this will get your kid get the adequate protein he/she needs. Also, you can make the potato more attractive and colorful my mixing it with palm oil or boiled carrots.

Avocado
If you want you kid to try out any fruit, avocado should be top of the list. Avocado is yummy with some much nutrients that your child needs to live a very healthy life. Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acid which well known to develop the heart and keep it in good shape. You can feed your kid with avocado with tampering it or mash it if your child can’t chew it. Avocado can also be blended with fruits like apple, banana, mango, etc to make delicious and healthy fruit juice.

Vegetables
Vegetables are a great source of iron and also contain a perfect amount of anti-oxidants. Vegetables are also rich in calcium, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. All this put together makes vegetable a great source of nutrient for your child’s development. You can add vegetables to your child porridge, noodles stew, and even rice.

Beans
Beans are very, very nutritious and contain a vast amount of antioxidants. It may interest you to know that these small seeds have more than six times the quantity of anti-oxidants as orange. This should give you a hint on how nutritious beans can be to your child.

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🌱Pecan Pinto Beans with Almond Butter Sauce🌱 This is a creamy and delicious bean dish. My trick to thicken the sauce and make it more creamy is to blend some of the beans. 😳Kids are home this week so will have to think of some creative ways to keep them busy. ‘Ketchup,’ a character I created, (yes I still like to play make believe and no I don’t eat ketchup!!), will be making several guest appearances. It baffles me that my grown-up kids love it when I appear as ‘Ketchup.’ (My youngest is 11!)…. 🌱🌱🌱Recipe: (Note: if using dry beans, reserve cooking liquid. For canned beans, reserve liquid.) Cook 1 large roughly chopped onion and 3 sliced garlic cloves in about 1/4 cup vegetable broth until onions have softened, about 10 minutes, adding more broth as needed if too dry. Add 1.5-2 tsp bebere seasoning @frontiercoop (or use 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp dried oregano, 3/4 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp chipotle powder if you don’t have bebere), and cook another 30 seconds while mixing. Add 1/2 cup broth, 1/2 cup bean cooking liquid (or liquid from canned beans), 1-1/2 tbsp tomato paste and heat another minute. Mix in 1-1/2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce (I prefer low-sodium gluten-free), 1 tsp maple syrup and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar. Transfer to blender and add 1 tbsp almond butter and 1/2 cup cooked pinto beans. Blend until mostly smooth. Return to stove and simmer about 10 minutes for flavors to meld and sauce to thicken a little. Stir in 2 cups cooked pinto beans, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and salt to taste. Serve once warmed through. . . . . . #beans #vegancurry #avocado #buddhabowl #veganbowl #glutenfreevegan #veganglutenfree #healthyvegan #eattherainbow #foods4thought #letscookvegan #veganinspo #healthyfoodshare #thrivemags #bestofvegan #feedfeedvegan #nycfoodie #foodblogfeed #wholefoodsfaves #veganfood #veganrecipes #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #vegana #vegano

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Apart from being very rich in anti-oxidants, beans are also rich in fiber, which can help prevent your child from constipation as well as improve their development.

 

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