The vitamin C in strawberries converts the iron in whole wheat bread to a form that cells can absorb.
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.
Spritz spinach, green peppers, squash, and dark greens with olive oil. This healthy fat helps your child absorb the veggies' antioxidants.
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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