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Foods that should be incorporated into your preschooler’s diet

The growth and development of your little one is best supported by healthy, nutrient-rich meals. According to a study published by the American Medical Association, 56% of children in the U.S. eat meals of low nutritional value. Here’s what parents should know about nutrition in the early years and which foods should be incorporated in their preschooler’s diet.

Fruits and Vegetables

Needless to say, ample servings of fruits and vegetables are massively beneficial for everyone regardless of age. For preschoolers, it is critical to prioritize a diet made of nutrient-dense foods to ensure healthy development and growth. Fruits are relatively easier to incorporate into a child’s diet. Foods like oranges, apples, and bananas can either be paired with another tasty snack or they’re delicious enough on their own for children to enjoy.

With vegetables, some strategies might be necessary to get your little ones to eat them regularly. Adding veggies to foods your child already loves (like mac and cheese, pasta, scrambled eggs, pizza, etc.) will allow your child to create more positive associations with vegetables they may otherwise not be willing to eat alone. Don’t underestimate the power of incorporating playful shapes and colorful utensils or plates!

Proteins

Adequate protein intake is crucial for the proper formation of a young child’s muscles, bones, and tissues. Some foundational proteins to incorporate include fish, eggs, dairy, and poultry. Children ages one to five need these nutrients to regulate their appetite and stabilize their energy levels. Some of the more accessible, enjoyable protein-rich foods for children include whole-grain bread, nuts, beans, turkey, and tilapia. Be sure to steer clear of processed foods as your child’s primary source of protein.

Grains

Helping your little one establish healthy eating habits now sets them up for nutritional success in the long run. Since whole grains are found in so many staple foods, it’s important to prioritize guiding your child to enjoy this food group. Cereals, snacks, dinner side dishes, and delicious sandwiches are just some opportunities you can take to introduce your child to the rich world of grains.

As one of the best preschool centers in the Miami area, we are committed to integrating healthy foods into our students’ lunch program. Contact us today to learn more about our academic program and nutrition at The Learning World Academy.

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