Rachel Schwartzman’s Top 5 Food Picks for your Little Ones for this #wellbeingwedensday
With “The Bump to Baby Show” approaching on May 15th at the Wychwood Barns, I thought I would share with you my top 5 foods I try to get into my little ones. To learn more about healthy family choices, be sure to stop by at our free event from 10-4, and get inspired to go natural.
Carrots are a root vegetable loved by all and contain a high amount of beta-carotene. This vitamin is a key nutrient important in maintaining a healthy immune system . It has an affinity for lung health and fighting against respiratory infections, perfect for kids that get sick. Even the pickiest of eaters, can’t resist these sweet orange vegetables.
Broccoli. My little guy is obsessed with steamed broccoli trees! I quietly beam inside while he munches away. A member of the Brassica family, these cruciferous vegetables are packed full of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, support the liver, cleanse the blood and provide excellent energy for our cells. With that huge list of benefits, you can see why it made my top 5!
Blueberries! Are native to Canada and have been used by Indigenous peoples for centuries. Blueberries scored highest in total antioxidant capacity per serving when compared to 80+ other food items. They are also known for their anti-cancer, anti-aging, memory enhancing, immune building, and anti-inflammatory properties. These are another favorite for those with tiny hands.
Who doesn’t love a perfect, creamy avocado? Avocados are well known for their healthy fats that support brain function, healthy skin and a healthy heart. Let your little one spoon the fruit out with a spoon, add it to a smoothie, or spread it on some toast.
Hemp hearts are the inside of the hemp seed, and are both nutritious and delicious. I add these to anything I can to help boost up the fiber, protein and omega-3 content of our foods. Add a few tbsp to smoothies, as a salad topper, dip fruit in them, or sprinkle onto cereal, oatmeal or toast. They really are that versatile.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Be sure to stop by “The Bump to Baby Show” to speak with a wide variety of health care practitioners, learn about eco-friendly options, shop in our marketplace, taste some delicious food and leave with a free swag bags filled with healthy options for the whole family. Hope to see you then.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com