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Kid Nutrition: Quick Tips for Parents

Want your kids to grow up strong and healthy? These 5 super-nutrients will give them a great head start.

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson

Kid nutrition isn't kids' stuff. Good nutrition can help your kids fend off common illnesses and develop strong, healthy bodies. Include foods with these key nutrients every day so your children learn to enjoy the taste of eating right. And don't forget to help them exercise and get a good night's rest.


Calcium is the super nutrient that helps make strong bones and teeth. It's most important during the growing years when bones are building. The best sources of calcium come from the cow.

1. Start your child's day with a bowl of cold or hot whole-grain cereal topped with skim or low-fat milk and sliced fresh fruit.
2. Serve low-fat yogurt, smoothies, or cheese after school and between meals for a nourishing snack.
3. Calcium-fortified juices and cereals are fine alternatives to help meet your child's daily requirement.

Snack idea. Boost your kids' calcium intake by blending low-fat chocolate milk, a banana, and ice into a delicious smoothie for a quick meal, dessert, or snack.

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