As a nutritionist, teaching about proper nutrition to children is hard at times, especially in a school environment. Today, most schools strictly regulate food stalls and canteens to keep them from offering unhealthy choices of drinks and snacks to their students, but still a lot of premises still don’t implement this rule. The tendency is children are often tempted to go for junk food from the stalls and kiosk.
One suggestion that we always makes is give them homemade snacks and lunches. Not only its a pocket saver, but more importantly, it allows parents to monitor their children’s meals and nutritional intake daily which is regarded as essential during the growing years.
I would like to share the basics about having a healthy living. It starts by knowing what category a certain food belongs to; Go, Grow or Glow.
“Go” foods, are those that provide energy, keeping the body active and on the go. These are carbohydrate-rich foods like sweet potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread.
“Grow” foods, are those that aid build and repair bones, strengthen muscles, and support mental functions. These food are rich in protein such as meat, eggs, fish, and milk.
Last,, “Glow” foods aid strengthen the body’s immune system, giving protection against sickness and diseases. Vegetables and fruits that are full with vitamins A, C, E, B-6, zinc, and folic acid belong to this group.