Is your child low in zinc? Do they have white spots on their nails? This is usually a sign that their levels have become pretty low. Zinc is required for growth with deficiency fairly common in childhood, particularly after a growth spurt! Low zinc levels are also linked with ADHD.
As our immune systems also need sufficient amounts of zinc to be strong against the inevitable winter bugs, eczema or asthma, here are a few foods good for boosting zinc intake in our children's diet:
Red Lentils - add a handful to shepherd's pie or a soup
Oats - porridge great for winter morning or flapjacks
Eggs - scrambled egg and beans a quick easy lunch
Beans - As above or low sugar baked beans on toast
Spinach - Use for pesto blended with olive oil and parmesan
Pine Nuts - great portable snack or added to risotto or pasta
Pumpkin seeds - offer as a snack or add to flapjacks
Meats - slow cooked meats or in casseroles are easier for children to chew!
If you are having trouble getting your toddler to eat more healthy food, come along for a trial at one of our classes: http://www.foodietots.co.uk/book-a-free-trial.html