Nutritional Tips for Children

Did you know that 70%-80% of your immune system resides in your gut? 

To help your children keep their immune systems strong this winter, be sure they are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. 

Eating different colored whole foods throughout the day will help ensure they get a variety of vitamins and minerals.

For example:

Red: apples, tomatoes, strawberries, red peppers

Orange/yellow: carrots, cantaloupe, butternut squash, oranges

Green: broccoli, grapes, spinach, green beans

Blue/purple: beats, blueberries, blackberries, eggplant

White: onions, mushrooms, cauliflower

Some tips to add more fruits and veggies to their day…add fruit to their breakfast plates, add a veggie or fruit to their lunch box, and have cut up fruit and veggies in the frig or on the counter when they come home from school so it is easy to grab and eat!  And, drink water!!  Added sugars in fruit juice and other sugary drinks suppresses the immune system.  Drinking plenty of water hydrates and flushes the system of toxins.  Be well!!

Provided by: Jeanette Guerrelli, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach