First trimester aversions, breastfeeding struggles and colic, and toddler picky eating can all make it seem like it is impossible to get in the healthiest foods, but it is also the most critical period for optimal growth and development. I want to share some of the best growing foods to get the most bang for your buck during pregnancy, infancy, childhood and beyond. Our most vulnerable babes need protection against the toxins, refined sugar, antibiotics, pesticides, EMFs, and all the other scary things running through our minds when our heads hit the pillow. A good foundation of nourishing, immune system-building foods and habits can set your mind at ease that your family is strong, healthy, and happy.
5 Examples of the Best Growing Foods
Water – little one’s bodies are made up of almost 70% water, not juice or cow’s milk, so water should be their main drink of choice.
Green Veggies – broccoli, green beans, and spinach can be steamed and added to any meal for an extra boost of folate and detoxification support.
Egg Yolks and Salmon – these are great sources of protein and Omega 3 fats that are so vital to baby and toddler brain development.
Grass Fed Butter and Coconut Oil – these are the best fats to cook with so drizzle them on sweet potato fries and roasted veggies for all the added flavor and fullness.
Chia, Hemp, and Flaxseeds – another source of Omega 3s (are you sensing a pattern here??) and a meat-free option for added protein; combine all 3 with your milk of choice for a yummy and filling breakfast pudding.
Dr David Brownstein, board certified holistic family practitioner and renowned author, reminds us that “if you supply the body with the correct nutrients, it can do wonderful things.” We want our children to do wonderful things!
For more tips on infant and child feeding, please join Joyful Birthing’s Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Katharine Murphy, at her presentation “Real Food for Really Healthy Kids” on Sunday December 10th, from 6-8pm. Tickets available at joyful-birthing.com/classes/