Navigating a healthy diet for kids can be confusing with the bombardment of advertisements for healthy foods and beverages containing vitamins or amino acids. Simply put, the less processed the food is, the better for your child. That includes pre-packaged foods and processed carbohydrates (i.e. flour, pastas, tortilla or potato chips). One of the hot topics is the omega-3 fatty acid supplementation for kids. A healthy balance of fatty acids is required for healthy brain and cognitive development, but our diet consists of an imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids which promotes inflammation. This is due to the fact that we use too much processed fats, vegetable oils like corn oil, soybean oil, canola oils that are commonly used in cooking. We also get it in meat from cows and chickens that are mostly fed grains due to their high omega-6 content.
Kids need a diet containing mostly whole foods, so consider ditching the cereal, toast, or bagel in the morning and try protein smoothies or chocolate avocado pudding instead (see recipe menu). Start using coconut oil for cooking which provides an easy absorbable fat. Use olive oil for salad dressings, avoiding pre-packaged dressings.