Best Foods for Your Kids

By David Grotto, Bantam (2007)

Registered dietitian, self-professed foodie and father of three, David Grotto gives us a lot of educational and fun food info in his book, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. We chatted with him and got his take on the must-have foods for your kids.

CF: How do we get our kids to eat the healthy foods in your book?
Grotto: “Start off with foods that they’re familiar with, and then get them involved from field to plate, whether it’s growing, buying or cooking the food. They’re much more happy to eat what they’re putting on the table versus what we’re putting on the table.”

CF: What are five super foods for our kids?
(Click on each food for a great kid-friendly recipe!)

Grotto: “You know that it doesn’t make any difference if a food can save their lives, if they’re not gonna eat it, they’re not gonna eat it. So start with kids’ favourite fruit of all time: strawberries. One cup provides 160% of daily requirement of vitamin C.

Good old-fashioned yogurt is another one that displaces the harmful bacteria that weakens the immune system.

One of our favourite things to do at the Grotto house, is make pumpkin soup. There’s a substance in pumpkin called phytosterols, that actually help block cholesterol to prevent heart disease later in life.

Sweet potatoes are another great choice. We know diabetes is on the rise with children and research shows that adding sweet potatoes helps control blood glucose.

And mushrooms because they’re one of the richest sources of vitamin D.

And I’ve got to give a nod to a treat. We really shouldn’t feel bad about having some occasional chocolate, even milk chocolate, because recent research shows that it may rival dark chocolate for the same compounds that fight heart disease. Everyone should enjoy a good chocolate treat every now and then and lick their lips and move on.”

We couldn’t agree more!

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