Spirulina (Arthrospira plantensis)
Spiruna is a blue-green algae that commonly comes in supplement or powder form. It has high levels of protein compared to other vegetables and it also contains beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals.
You can mix spirulina powder with sweet fruit shakes or smoothies, as well as fruit juices. Sprinkle spirulina powder on top of your toddler’s rice to add nutrients to your child’s food.
Avocado makes the list for healthy superfoods for toddlers because it is a nutrient-dense superfood that contains a high amount of nutrients but is surprisingly low in calories. It is abundant in nutrients such as folate, magnesium, fiber, potassium, omega-3, and an assortment of vitamins.
Adding avocado to your diet can help reduce your chances of getting certain types of cancer. It can also reduce the possibility of acquiring cardiovascular diseases.
If you want to give your toddler a not-so-sweet fruit, avocado will be a great choice. In the Philippines, avocado with sugar, powdered milk, and a little bit of ice is a common snack that both children and adults enjoy.
Chia seeds are a current favorite by lots of people nowadays since it’s packed with iron, anti-oxidants, calcium, fiber, omega-3’s, and protein.
You can mix chia seeds in your toddler’s oatmeal. Alternatively, you can make a pudding out of it.
Quick and easy chia seeds pudding: Add two tablespoons of chia seeds to ½ cup of milk and a teaspoon of honey or top it off with some fruits for sweetness. Put in the fridge for about 2 hours or overnight and have it for breakfast the next day.
Spinach is the epitome of all dark leafy vegetables is loaded with a bunch of nutrients like protein, beta carotene, vitamins A, E, B2, B6, and K. It is also rich in chlorophyll. As a result, it helps reduce the risks of cancer, improves digestion and eye health, as well as regulates blood pressure.
Spinach makes the cut for healthy superfoods for toddlers because it’s good for development. It can also help maintain clear vision up until adulthood.
When cooking, use spinach as an alternative to other veggies or simply add it to other ingredients. For example, instead of going for an all meat adobo, why not try spinach adobo? You can also use spinach in dishes such as laing (a coconut dish from the Bicol region), dinengdeng (a vegetable dish from the Ilocos region), and tinola (common chicken soup dish in the Philippines).