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Stock up on all the juiciest fruits and crunchiest veggies, packed full of the yummy kind of goodness they can happily feast on all day!
We all know that a balanced diet containing this key food group is as essential as the air we breathe, and that without it, we simply cannot function the way we are supposed to! But what exactly do these tasty fruits and vegetables contain? And why is it so important for us to introduce them into our kids’ daily diet?
Keep your bright sparks energy fuelled and equipped to take on adventures aplenty this season, and read on for a simple breakdown of what your little one’s healthy snacks are good for, and how they can help them to flourish both mentally and physically!

 

YELLOW AND ORANGE FRUITS & VEGGIES

Bananas & Carrots

As bright as the sunshine and crammed with all the good stuff, bananas are extremely high in potassium! Potassium helps to keep those muscles moving and their nerves making signals around the clock.
It is also stated that our little yellow friends can help to increase happiness thanks to a certain protein, which converts into serotonin, improving our ability to relax and feel cheerful! Yay!

 

So it really is true what they say about seeing in the dark! Well… While this may not be entirely correct, carrots are certainly great for the eyes. Exceedingly high in vitamin A, carrots offer an essential nutrient for good vision and they have also been known to improve the appearance of skin, making for a radiant and glowing complexion!
The kids may not have any trouble in this particular area, but this can certainly help to alleviate the effects of many sleepless nights for all the zombie mums and dads out there!

Bananas

 

1 // High in Potassium

2 // Great for the muscles

3 // A happy fruit

Carrots

 

1 // High in vitamin A

2 // Great for their vision

3 // Glowing complexions

RED FRUITS & VEGGIES

Red Apples & Tomatoes

Famous for sending Snow White into an infinite sleep only Prince Charming could wake her from, red, red apples are fortunately not as ill-fated and definitely not laced with poison! Juicy red apples are a powerful healing food bound to brighten up their lunchbox as well as help to boost their overall bodily function. An all-rounder they can snack on between meals, apples are particularly good for strong beating hearts and responsive brain activity.

 

A fantastic source of calcium, tomatoes help to maintain those super strong bones so they can run free and wild, and without any limitations! Bursting with vitamin C and vitamin K, tomatoes also help in the process of repairing bones… Oh, and you’ll be pleased to hear (to the mums with no salon appointment in sight) that they also help to keep hair glossy, healthy and strong.

 

 

Red Apples

 

1 // Powerful healing food

2 // Strong beating hearts

3 // Responsive brain activity

Tomatoes

 

1 // Fantastic source of calcium, vitamin C and vitamin K

2 // Super strong bones

3 // Healthy, glossy hair

BLUE FRUIT

Blueberries

Blueberries are superfood miracle-workers! Packed with antioxidants, which are substances serving to protect their cells against all kinds of nasties, blueberries are also rich in potassium (the muscle mover!) and vitamin C. The blueberry is a subtly sweet fruit that’s as popular with the kids as biscuits and cake… ish. They’re also the colour of the sky – our favourite!

 

 

Blueberries

1 // Packed with antioxidants

2 // Helps to protect cells

3 // Rich in potassium and vitamin C

GREEN FRUITS & VEGGIES

Broccoli & Pears

Crunchy broccoli is another super power food known to work wonders, but is also incredibly versatile thanks to its great many cooking options. As well as eating it raw, you can boil it so it’s soft (and disguisedly mash-able!), or opt for the quick and easy microwave, stir-fry it or even steam it! Broccoli is a rich source of not 1, not 2 but MULTIPLE vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds that do the whole shebang, such as helping to repair cell and tissue damage, support healthy digestion and much, much more!

Pears are very high in fibre, which is crucial for their digestive health. Fibre also helps to keep them feeling fuller for a lot longer which is great for the slow summer days ahead. The pear is bursting with vitamin C, helping them to absorb iron, which produces all those vital red blood cells and, in turn, boosts the immune system.

 

 

Broccoli

 

1 // Vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds

2 // Helps to repair cell and tissue damage

3 // Healthy digestion

Pears

 

1 // High in fibre

2 // Absorbs iron

3 // Boosts the immune system

 

 

 

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