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Infant child care in Woodstock, GA: Five healthy foods for brain development in toddlers

Posted on 06-20-2014

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As your child starts to transition from an exclusive diet of formula or breastmilk and begins to sample solid foods, they will be exposed to new tastes, smells, colors and textures. Even more importantly, they will be taking in foods with different nutritional contents, foods that will be used by their bodies to continue physical growth and brain development. Consult your pediatrician before starting your infant on solid foods of any kind so they can guide you as to what types of food are appropriate at what age. Certain foods are better sources of essential nutrients than others, so you can guide your child towards eating the foods that will give them the biggest boost. These include:

1. Eggs: Eggs contain choline, a nutrient essential for brain development and memory function as well as the nervous system as a whole. Part of the B Vitamin group, choline is found primarily in egg yolks, but also in beans, cauliflower, Greek yogurt and beef. Try serving eggs soft scrambled alone or with bite-sized pieces of steamed vegetables.

2. Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all rich in antioxidants, the nutrients that boost your child's immune system and keep them healthy for learning. You can serve them in slices or blended with some yogurt. They make a great breakfast or tasty, sweet treat.

3. Fish: Oily fish like tuna or salmon are full of omega-3 fatty acids that play a vital role in brain and eye development. One of the best ways to prepare fish is to steam it, making it soft and juicy. It will also keep well for several days in the refrigerator, so you can make it in advance for serving later. Be sure to check the fish carefully for bones before serving it to your infant.

4. Whole grains: These complex carbohydrates are the perfect fuel for a growing mind and body, and keep energy levels stable. For young children, whole grain bread is too filling and may pose a choking hazard, but whole grain pasta and crackers are great healthy alternatives.

5. Fortified infant cereal: This contains plenty of iron, which plays a vital role in ensuring enough oxygen is sent to the brain and nervous system. It is very easy for infants and toddlers to become iron-deficient, so this cereal is very important for growing up healthy. Lean beef, pork, lamb, spinach, parsley and dried apricots are also good sources of iron.

To find all these great foods in one place, plan a visit to the Woodstock Farmers Market. The food items you pick up at this market will be naturally tasty and bursting with nutrients. This also makes for a great, stimulating day out with your child, filled with new sights, sounds and smells.

At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Woodstock, Georgia, we are more than a typical daycare. Our dedicated staff are not only enthusiastic about meeting your child's educational and physical care needs, but also about meeting nutritional needs. With healthy, age-appropriate snacks for children who are eating solid foods, we are able to ensure that your child gets the most out of our infant care program. Our innovative Brain Waves Curriculum is a sensory play focused program that stimulates your child's brain development to build essential neural pathways while your child has fun. Contact us today to find out more about this curriculum and how it can help build the brightest future for your child.

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