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10 Super Foods Your Kids Should Be Eating Now

Growing up,  I always loved my mom’s cooking. I grew up for along time eating vegetarian and had pretty much all home cooked meals. Not only did that teach me the love of awesome food and how to cook it, it set me up for a healthier adulthood.

I want that for my kids. I want them to appreciate real food — healthy food and I want that food to aid them as they grow. The majority of our meals are cooked from home. We eat out maybe once a month and because of our dietary restrictions (gluten and casein free) we are limited so our choices are not as bad as they could be. I try to cook well balanced meals that are quick and easy and that my kids will eat.

I want more bang for my buck (as they say) so I try to choose ingredients that will give me that. I rely a lot on the super-foods — defined as whole foods that have not been refined, processed or preserved and are very close to their original source. These foods are nutrient dense, providing a child’s body with essential fats, vitamins, minerals, lean proteins and iron.

Click through to view 10 super-foods your kids should be eating now:

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  • Blueberries 1 of 10
    Blueberries
    Easy to eat on the go and can be paired with any lunch or snack, blueberries are a hit with the kids. Packed with loads of antioxidants, these little berries ward off cancer and other diseases.
    Try: Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Sweet Potatoes 2 of 10
    Sweet Potatoes
    Sweet potatoes are a versatile root that can be paired with a lot of meals. Loaded with beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and iron, they pack a huge punch
    Try: Sassy Sweet Potato Fries
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Natural Nut Butter 3 of 10
    Natural Nut Butter
    Most kids (without allergies) love peanut butter and it's a staple in so many houses. Most store brands have hydrogenated oils so it's a better option to look for natural nut butters. Look for a variety (almond, cashew, soy) with one or two ingredients - nuts and maybe salt.
    Try: Breakfast Toast with Nut Butter & Banana
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Avocados 4 of 10
    Avocados
    Kids love foods that look fun and what's more fun then green? Avocados are a great source of the 'good fats' called monounsaturated fat, which are mostly found in fish and nuts. The good fat aids in development of proper growth. Perfect for kids
    Try: Guacamole
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Broccoli 5 of 10
    Broccoli
    Thankfully, getting my kids to eat broccoli has never been a problem. It's one of their favorites and they love it raw. Which, is actually better since it retains more of their nutrients then. Packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals - this green goodness wards off cell damage and helps your kids eyesight and more.
    Try: Broccoli and Cheese Pizza
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  • Yogurt 6 of 10
    Yogurt
    Yogurt is a kid-friendly snack and choosing a natural fruit yogurt blend is a great super-food. Every serving contains huge vitamins and minerals including calcium, protein, vitamin B, zinc and phosphorus.
    Try: Easy Homemade Yogurt
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Tuna and Salmon 7 of 10
    Tuna and Salmon
    Some kids may be hesitant to try out tuna or salmon at first, but they usually come around. Trying out different ways to cook it, using flaked from a can or fresh on the pan, it's packed with Omega-3. This healthy fat helps brain development and sets your child up for a healthy heart.
    Try: Salmon and Asparagus Tacos
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Eggs 8 of 10
    Eggs
    Eggs are one of the rare things in life that can be done over and over in many different ways and take on different tastes and textures. Totally versatile. Not only that, but it's filled with protein and a huge concentration of choline - a nutrient vital for brain development in young children.
    Try: Green Eggs and Ham
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Bean and Legumes 9 of 10
    Bean and Legumes
    There are so many beans to try and so many recipes to put them in. High in fiber - it promotes good blood sugar by releasing glucose slowly, stabilizing mood and energy.
    Try: Easy Oven-Baked BBQ Beans
    Photo Credit: photostock
  • Seaweed 10 of 10
    Seaweed
    Seaweed is said to be one of the most dense in nutrient foods on the planet. Sounds perfect for the growing bodies and brains of children. Packed with loads of Amino acids, vitamins and minerals it's the super of super-foods.
    Try: Nori Chips
    Photo Credit: photostock

:: What super-foods do you eat regularly at your house? ::

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