Did you know that eating specific pairings of healthy foods can make them even more nutritious? Some vitamins and minerals feed off of others, letting your child absorb more. Serve up these super combos.
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Strawberries and Whole Wheat Toast
The vitamin C in strawberries converts the iron in whole wheat bread to a form that cells can absorb.
Oatmeal and Milk
The magnesium in oats increases the amount of calcium your child gets from the milk by keeping it from binding to fiber and other nutrients.
Olive Oil and Veggies
Spritz spinach, green peppers, squash, and dark greens with olive oil. This healthy fat helps your child absorb the veggies' antioxidants.
Chicken and Carrots
Don't save chicken soup for sick days -- and always include carrots. The zinc in chicken helps the body metabolize the carrots' vitamin A.
Originally published in the October 2008 issue of Parents magazine.
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