It’s important that your toddler eats healthy. Vegetables are a huge task when it comes to kids because of how fussy they are. Then there’s the additional responsibility of deciding which vegetables work for your toddler and which ones don’t. Sometimes your toddler could be allergic to certain kinds of fruit or vegetable. With the exception of unusual allergies, here is the list of the healthiest veggies for children.
Tomatoes are considered a safe vegetable that’s easy to chew, swallow and digest especially for toddlers. While considered a vegetable in popular culture, tomatoes are actually fruits. The important part of tomato is its water content. Its soft pulp contains almost 94% of just water. This ensures your child stays dehydration-free. Tomatoes are also great for Vitamin A and C and high in anti-oxidants. Tomato also has calcium and potassium that helps your toddlers bone growth and strengthening.
If bugs bunny likes it, your child will like it too. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene that encourages growth in toddlers and it’s one of the healthiest veggies out there. Beta-Carotene is converted into Vitamin A and helps improve your child’s eyesight and keep away problems like night-blindness. Carrot is also rich in dietary fiber that will help your child’s bowel movement keeping constipation at bay. Letting your child chew on a carrot stick, also helps their dental health hygiene because of the natural abrasive quality of the root.
Peas are the natural form of dietary fiber. Because of their small size and easy physical appearance, they can be easily added to your child diet. Green Peas are also rich in iron, zinc, and folate (and other Vitamin B compounds). It’s definitely a good addition to your child’s diet because it’s high in protein but low in carbs.
Green beans is another vegetable that can be added to the list of healthiest veggies that is high in dietary fiber. It’s important to pack your toddlers meals with these high fiber vegetables so that they do not have to face issues with their bowel movement. It becomes hard when your toddler is constipated as it will restrict his digestion and hunger. Green beans are fibrous but also highly nutritional in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, C, K and zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and manganese sodium are some of the components of green beans.
Leafy greens like collard greens, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, and kale are highly nutritious and are easily assimilated by the body. These vegetables are a great addition to your child’s meal because of its benefits on brain development. It also helps in increasing energy levels and detoxifying your toddler’s body.
While okra cannot be fed to small babies because of its tough exterior and somewhat slimy interior substance, after about 18-20 months, it’s perfectly safe to start incorporating okra into your toddler’s food. Okra helps in increasing blood count in toddlers which is important since all parts of the body need to receive nutrition for growth. It’s also high in vitamin and minerals and dietary fiber. It’s also a wonderful cure for dysentery and stomach problems for kids.
So, get started with the add ons to your child’s diet with these nutritious and tasty vegetables which are equally good for their overall mental and physical growth.