During this pandemic, parents who have children under the age of five have quite a number of tasks considering that they really need to care for their children. Providing foods that are rich in nutrients including high in protein, carbohydrates and iron are some of the ingredients in their diets every day. When you are at home alone during this independent quarantine period, there is always a stock of food and snacks for the little one so they don’t get bored easily.
Also make sure the snacks that are selected are healthy. Food and snacks in the middle of the meal will help children get the nutrients they need in their growth and development. One of the important ones is iron.
Why Iron is Important to Your Toddler
Healthline said Hemoglobin is an iron-containing protein in the red blood cells (RBCs) that helps your blood carry oxygen and deliver it to all your other cells. Without hemoglobin, the body will stop producing healthy RBCs and your baby’s muscles, tissues, and cells might not get the oxygen they need. Breast-fed babies usually get enough iron from their mother’s milk, while infants fed with formula should receive iron-fortified formula.Iron is also important for the immune system. Not getting enough iron can mean more infections, more colds, and more bouts of the flu.
What Happen If It Deficiency
- learning and behavioral issues
- social withdrawal
- delayed motor skills
- muscle weakness
So the nutritionist suggested for your kids :
- ages 1 to 3 years: 7 milligrams per day
- ages 4 to 8 years: 10 milligrams per day
The Source That Rich Iron
– Lean meats and poultry
– Fortified cereals (dry and instant)
– Beans it’s include Soybeans, lima beans, kidney beans, and lentils, for example, are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron. A half cup of white beans has 4 milligrams of iron, while a half cup of lentils has 3.
There are some fun, creative, delicious and nutrient-rich snack ideas that kids will love to quote Heraldnet.
1. Peanut butter smeared on apple or celery slices.
2. Popcorn or a mixture made from low-sugar cereals with dried fruit, nuts, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Small carrots and cucumbers dipped in hummus.
4. Fresh cut fruit
5. Fruit pudding.
6. Wheat-filled bean tortillas and a little cheese. Roll and bake in the microwave for 20 seconds.
7. Fresh fruit with low-fat yogurt.