Carbohydrates For Kids, Tips & Ideas
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Published: September 1, 2020 | Carbohydrates For Kids, Carbs for Kids
Kids and Carbs
As adults we quickly realize how important limiting our carbohydrate intake is. This is largely to do with the fact that instead of running around and constantly playing like we did as children, we are suddenly sitting at desks working. Carbohydrates are a great source of energy, but as we get older we don’t need as much as we once did. Kids on the other hand, have all day long to burn energy.
So what types of carbohydrates are good to feed your kids? The same ones you are feeding yourself! There is no need to cook twice. Everyone can eat the same whole wheat bread or pasta! With most children, if they aren’t aware that they’re eating something new, they’ll never know the difference.
By feeding children whole grains verse the refined grains, their blood sugar levels will stay more consistent. This means no more spikes of glucose after eating refined grain, leading to better focus throughout the day. The whole grains are also a great source of fiber to keep kids digestive systems regular.
How to we make sure we’re putting good carbohydrate into our bodies as well as our children’s? Read your food’s label! Always look for the word whole. If the word enriched is on the label go ahead and put it back. Enriched foods will give you and your family all the nutrients that were originally in the whole grain product but will still give your child the quick hit of glucose, instead of the slow rise and fall of the whole grain product.
Don’t stress the product switch
If you are serving your children the whole grain pasta for the first time you can still cover it with their favorite pasta sauce. Make their favorite sandwich, just switch out the bread. Have your children help you in the kitchen so they will want to try their creation.
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