Modern diets have our children eating plenty of bad fats but not getting enough intake of the good stuff. Fat & Cholesterol are essential for their brain development, especially Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. Since these two Fatty Acids cannot be made by the body it is essential they are included in your child’s diet. Like protein foods, good fats fill your kids up for longer, curbing those sugar cravings.
You have probably heard of Omega 3’s in supplement form but it’s better to obtain it from natural foods such as:
Tips: Spread some avocado onto their wrap or sandwich, include it in a salad, mix it with tuna (add a splash of olive oil), add flax to smoothies. Whatever happened to the old days of sardines on toast??? Beef & salmon are easy options for dinners.
So what do Omega 3’s really do?
They contribute to the health of the brain, nervous system and eyes. They also decrease abnormal heart rhythms and inflammatory reactions and may be involved in preventing diabetes and certain types of cancers. There is also a link to Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency & ADHD - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Omega 3 intake during childhood provides the building blocks for developing strong & healthy adult bodies.
Goods fats are an integral part of every cell in your child’s body - they are used to make Vitamin D & hormones, & protect the entire nervous system. They are a good source of Vitamins ADE & K & are needed for absorption of these nutrients. Fat is also an energy source as it can be converted to glucose.
Include some olives in the lunchbox or spread avocado instead of butter!
Avoid Trans Fat Foods in the lunchbox - they increase your child’s risk of Diabetes. Limit their intake.