A Healthy Diet in the Food Pyramid
The Facts on Balanced Diets
On the Healthy Eating Index, American children aged 2 to 5 have an average score of 60 (out of 100) and children aged 6-11 have an average score of 53 (USDA).
On any given day, 34% of children and adolescents eat fast food (TIME).
And as much as 12.4% of an average American child's daily calories come from fast food.
It’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of U.S. children (61%) consume a sugary beverage on any given day (State of Childhood Obesity).
The national childhood obesity rate is 19.3%, which includes more than 14 million kids that are at risk of serious health conditions because of their weight (CDC).
Less than 50% of children in the U.S. get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
And as many as 91% of American children have what is classified as a “poor” diet (Clinical News).
In simpler terms, kids in the U.S. are not getting enough of the nutrients that they need from their daily diet.
While a high-sugar, low-nutrient diet will initially supply your kids with plenty of energy, that is only temporary. Over time you will see your kids become lethargic, irritable, and unfocused due to their diet. Their immune system will become compromised, leaving your kids at risk for more regular illnesses and other serious health conditions. It’s possible that their cognitive development will also decline as the brain will be lacking the essential nutrients it needs to grow.
A Healthy Diet Is Easier Said Than Done
With a healthy, balanced diet throughout childhood, kids are not only set up for success in a healthy adulthood, but they also have the vitamins and nutrients necessary for the body to function to the best of its ability.
Of course, busy jobs and crazy extracurricular schedules can limit the time that's available to dedicate to nutrition. So we have a few insightful tips to help you get your kids the nutrients they need.
The more colors the better – Different colors of fruits and vegetables have different kinds of nutritional value, so multiple colors will offer the most nutrients. Plus your kids will be happy to have a variety of dazzling colors on their plates.
Look for whole grains – If possible, opt for brown rice, whole grain bread, and whole meal pasta over their white counterparts. That’s because the whole grain products will retain more nutrients than those other processed foods.
Protein and dairy are good in moderation – These food groups are important parts of a well-balanced diet, but you can have too much of a good thing. Make sure you control how much protein and dairy gets into your child’s diet.
Take your kids grocery shopping – Proper nutrition all starts with education. By helping your kids learn how to make healthy food decisions for themselves at an early age, they’ll gain a beneficial life skill to support a healthy lifestyle for many years to come.
Improving Your Child’s Health With A High-Quality Nutritional Supplement
Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day to eat healthy. And at other times, your picky little eaters may insist on feeding the veggies to the dog. That's why you’ll want to consider adding a high-quality nutritional supplement to your kids’ daily diet that is designed specifically for growing bodies. And we’ve got two good options for you.
From Bluebonnet Nutrition, Animalz Whole Food Based Multiple is a terrific multivitamin for growing kids. It will help bridge the nutrient gap in your child’s diet thanks to the nourishing blend of essential vitamins and nutrients. Just two anima-shaped chewables will supply your child with their daily doses of Vitamin E, the Vitamin B complex, Vitamin A, and even Vitamin C. It’s a great supplement to help your child meet their daily nutritional needs.
Along a similar line of thought, you may also want to consider adding ZAHLER® Junior Multi™ to your child’s daily diet. It is a comprehensive nutritional supplement designed for children that contains 20+ vitamins and minerals to help support optimal nutrition during your child’s formative years. Plus it comes in a delicious cherry flavor, which will be perfect for the pickiest eaters.
Help Your Child Achieve A Healthy Diet Today
Due to our great partnerships with supplement manufacturers, HopeNWellness can supply anyone with these high-quality supplements at affordable prices. Order your first batch of Animalz Whole Food Based Multiple or ZAHLER® Junior Multi™ today!