What to Feed Kids Every Day

Healthy Fats

Healthy Fats

All kinds of fats help kids grow, transport vitamins through the body, and provide vitamin E. But the unsaturated type, such as the kind in olive oil and peanuts, protects kids' hearts by keeping their cholesterol level low while the saturated kind (think butter) sends it through the roof. Crazy as it sounds, a government report found that 1 in 5 children has high cholesterol!

HOW MANY SERVINGS EACH DAY

Toddlers (age 2): 1 of oil per day (Nuts and peanut butter are choking hazards for kids under 4.)

Preschoolers (ages 3-4): 1 of oil per day; 1-4 of nuts/seeds per week

School-age Kids (ages 5-8): 1-2 of oil per day; 2-4 of nuts/seeds per week

WHAT'S IN A SERVING

1 Tbs. peanut butter

1/2 medium avocado

1/2 ounce sunflower seeds

1/2 ounce nuts (like 16 peanuts or 12 almonds)

2 Tbs. salad dressing

1 Tbs. olive, canola, peanut, or flaxseed oil

4 large olives, sliced

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