Our Children Need
  • 1 Keeping Kids Healthy
    Promotes their lifestyle
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    An important contributor to our children's health
  • 2 Keeping Kids Healthy
    Promotes their lifestyle
Healthy Lifestyles
Fathers Making a Difference Inc. understands the importance for our children to live a healthy lifestyle. We want your children to be as healthy as possible. 

 

Eessential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)

Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for your child’s immune system and brain development because their body CANNOT produce them.. They must come from food. There are 2 kinds of EFA’s, omega 6found in oils such as safflower, sunflower and corn oils and omega 3 fatty acids which are not as common.

Omega 3’s can be found in flaxseed oil, Soybean, Walnut and wheat germ oils. Other important sources of Omega 3 are oily, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines. Please note that these must be fresh, not canned. Processing and cooking can destroy the EFA’s in fish. Never heat flaxseed oil as it destroys its properties and always refrigerate. Check the expiration date on the bottle and use before it goes rancid. 

Beans such as navy, kidney and soybeans also make great sources of Omega 3 and 6’s. Try and provide a variety of these foods on daily basis to your child to ensure that they are getting enough essential fatty acids. Flaxseeds can also be purchased ground. They can be sprinkled on eggs, in smoothies or pancake mix. Please make sure that the seeds are ground as they do not digest properly when they are whole.

Toddlers Who Won’t Eat! 

Worried that your toddler is not getting enough vitamins and minerals? Try this simple and delicious smoothie, packed with vitamins and minerals.

Frozen or fresh berries (high in antioxidants)
Plain yogurt
A couple sprinkles of ground flax seeds
1/2 banana
Orange juice - or any all natural juice
Pomegranate juice - or any all natural juice

Blend in a mixer and enjoy!


Your toddler should really enjoy the sweetness of this drink and parents will be smiling with every sip because you will know how super nutritious it is for them. As summer approaches, try making popsicles with the mixture for an afternoon treat.

Vitamin C  - Are Your Children Getting Enough?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin and is a very important nutrient. It must be obtained through the diet. Sources of Vitamin C are: citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, & grapefruits. Fruits containing the highest amounts of vitamin C are: citrus fruits followed by papayas, cantaloupes, and strawberries. 

You can also find vitamin C in vegetable sources such as red and green peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus, parsley, dark leafy greens and cabbage. 

The most common use for vitamin C is to fight off colds. It produces a positive immunological response to help fight bacteria and viruses. 

Other uses for Vitamin C include: allergies, fatigue, gout, bruising, depression, surgery recovery and arthritis. Vitamin C is also a natural laxative and may help with constipation. 

Please note that if you take too much, you will experience diarrhea. 

Vitamin C needs will very depending on age, gender, stress, and internal and external environment.

 

 

Please note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.