Build A Protective Wall Round Your Kids
A child’s dose multivitamin and mineral is valuable, and even essential at times of extra mental and physical demands, but must never be seen as an alternative to eating a healthy balanced diet.
Friendly bugs are another vital part of natural protection. They attack and destroy bad bacteria so you must encourage the youngsters to have some every day. Live yogurt and fermented milk drinks like Yakult are major sources of these probiotic bacteria but they need special fibre in order to survive. Find it in most green vegetables especially artichokes, asparagus and richest of all, chicory, which you can eat raw, steamed, baked or in stir a fry.
Cleanliness may be the next best thing to Godliness but you can be over zealous. Too many chemical cleansers kill all the known bugs. This prevents children building up natural immunity so they are an easy target for unfamiliar bacteria.
Of course hygiene is vital in order to prevent food poisoning and the other serious infections but sterile homes mean weaker immunity. Let them play in the dirt and roll about with the dog. They’ll have good immunity and be less likely to develop allergies like asthma.
Good food is vital and if school dinners are bad you need packed lunches that feed their brains and boost their resistance to infection. Hummus, alfalfa sprouts with a chopped tomato in wholemeal pitta with raisins, fruit juice and a tangerine is fuel till the evening.
An organic peanut butter, banana and honey whole-wheat sandwich; a few dried apricots; a piece of cheese; juice and an apple will feed body, mind and bones. Give them a whole-wheat roll with chicken, tomato, lettuce and mayo; some organic white chocolate; a pear, a yoghurt and juice for growth and good resistance.
These simple tips could save your child missed days as well as pain and discomfort. Make sure they’re well fed and nourished. These simple tips could save your child missed days as well as pain and discomfort. Make sure they’re well fed and nourished.
Try some of these Superfood recipes:
Like all the oily fish salmon is a wonderful source of the omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids that children’s brains must have in order to develop and function. With lots of extra energy from the potatoes, protein and protective B vitamins from the eggs and the immune boosting benefits of onions makes these brain balls a popular must have with the kids.
Tomato And Pesto Tarts
These are so simple and in fact a great way to get the youngsters cooking for themselves – under supervision of course. They look really great, they taste lovely and they are highly nutritious.
Waste Not, Want Not
It’s sometimes hard to get youngsters eating any members of the cabbage family but cooked this way as a bubble and squeak pancake makes them palatable to most children. We seem to have lost the art of using leftovers which our mums and grannies had but it’s not only economic but time saving, nourishing and vital in these hard times.
Peanut Brittle Bananas
This is unashamedly a pudding and although it has sugar and peanut butter it’s far healthier than you might think. The fats and oils in the seeds and peanuts are rich in vitamin E, minerals and mono-unsaturated fats which are highly heart protective. The 1 oz of butter is shared between two people and the banana provides much needed potassium, B vitamins and easily converted energy.
As an occasional treat this is better than most and as long as you’re certain that no-one in the family or amongst visiting friends has an allergy to peanuts or sesame seeds, don’t feel guilty.
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My colleague Barbara Griggs and I devised this recipe for our book ’Superfoods for Babies and Children’ – buy from www.amazon.co.uk - and of course the Worcester sauce and pepper are omitted for little ones and added to taste as desired by teenagers and adults.
To help strengthen children’s immune systems it is vital to add some simple and safe supplements, even if they are eating well.
Kaloba, the registered herbal remedy Pelargonium helps with cold and flu symptoms especially when used at the first sign of coughs and sneezes. Suitable for children from six and upwards.
Zinc and vitamin C lozenges are a boost to the immune system too, so make sure you top up the reserves. The anti oxidant vitamins A and E are all needed for natural protection.
Some of my books...
- Superfoods, Superjuices, Superhealth
- Eat Well Live Longer
- Superfood Pocketbook
(100 Top Foods for Health)
- The Omega 3 Cookbook
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