Some kids gobble up everything you put in front of them, and you can rest assured their growing bodies are well-nourished.
Others refuse to eat anything but white pasta. Or, even worse, pretend to eat their vegetables but feed them to the dog when you're not looking, so you don't even know they're missing out on those vitamins and nutrients. (That's where the hidden veggies in Cool Kidz' Mealz like our Mac 'n' Cheese come in handy!).
As a parent, your best bet is to get them to eat as many nutrient-dense whole foods as possible, with an emphasis on veggies. However, there are a few specific nutrients that are so important, it's worth paying extra attention to whether or not your little one's are getting enough of.
We all know calcium is necessary for strong bones, and it's especially important for kids with growing bones and teeth. Research shows that getting enough calcium early in life helps kids achieve maximum peak bone mass by age 18, which decreases the likelihood of osteoporosis later in life. In other words, you're setting them up for a long, healthy life from the get-go. (Bonus: strong bones fracture less easily, so you can stress less when your little one's take an interest in skateboarding). Cool Kidz Mac 'n' Cheese contains 4 different cheeses, milk and 4 different veg, making it a great source of calcium and fibre.
Iron is essential to fuel early growth and development. It helps transport oxygen from the lungs throughout the rest of the body, and oxygen has many important jobs.You can find it in red meat, dark leafy greens, chicken, fish and beans. Coll Kidz Beef Ragu, Risotto, Fish Pie and Meatloaf Muffins are all great sources of iron and loaded with veggies and beans.
Most kids get more than enough protein, especially if they're eating meat regularly. But if you're dealing with a picky eater, you may want to monitor this macro-nutrient. Every cell needs protein to work correctly, and it's the key to providing energy (so your kids don't sleep through math classes) and building and repairing muscles. Cool Kidz' Mealz prioritises the nutrients in all it's meals, so you don't have worry at all.