Eating healthy from a young age is crucial for the longevity and health of your kids. With that said, it could be quite challenging to ensure that they’re receiving the essential nutrients necessary for healthy living. However, knowing the basics about the RDA or recommended daily allowance for your kids could help you establish early on healthy eating habits that will hopefully last them their whole life.
If you need some guidance, you can count on your pediatrician in Wilmington, NC, Dr. Karen Harum, or Dr. Robert Nutt, here at the Clinic For Special Children, for advice. Until then, here are key nutrition guidelines to help you out.
Essential Foods for Overall Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the daily caloric intake of kids, which gives them sufficient energy, must be accurately balanced between protein and carbohydrates, as well as healthy fat sources. They also require sufficient amounts of fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamin D.
Healthy Sources of Carbohydrates
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for kids older than two years old, 50% to 60% of their RDA must consist of healthy carbohydrates. The main thing to remember is to choose complex carbs, instead of refined carbs like white rice that causes energy levels to increase and then suddenly drop, and might likewise contribute to the development of heart disease and diabetes. Make sure your kids eat complex carbs like brown rice, veggies, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy items like yogurt, milk, and cheese.
Sources of Healthy Protein
Your kid's RDA should likewise consist of about 12% protein from healthy sources like lean meats, beans, nuts, fish, and eggs.
Healthy Fat Sources
30% of your kid's RDA should be made up of healthy fats that increase HDL or good cholesterol levels and reduce LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body. Healthy fat sources include fatty fish, nuts, avocados, and vegetable oils like olive oil and sunflower oil.
Other Crucial Healthy Eating Tips to Keep in Mind
Setting a good example to your kids is immensely crucial because they look up to you for everything, whether you realize it or not. Likewise, make sure to keep your house stocked with healthy foods and snacks so your kids will become accustomed to eating them.
Additionally, you should also pay close attention to your kids’ meal portions. The current dietary guidelines are a great start. However, there might be other considerations depending on your kid's circumstances so make sure to ask your pediatrician in Wilmington, NC, for advice specific to each of your children.
For More Details or Questions About Nutritional Counseling, Reach Out to Us
Dial 910-319-7744 to set an appointment with your pediatrician here at Clinic For Special Children in Wilmington, NC, Dr. Karen Harum, or Dr. Robert Nutt, today.