Try out today this easy and yummy ground beef, red kidney beans and corn skillet. This meal is great for toddler’s growing bodies and minds!
Above all, the combination beef and kidney beans is rich in protein and micronutrients. Specifically, beef and beans are a great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B9 (folate), Vitamin B12, and Vitamin K1. Additionally, they are good sources of potassium, zinc, cooper and iron. Thus, this nutritional combination supports the bone development and helps to build strong muscles. Moreover, it supports the brain development. Despite the fact, that red meat is a controversial choice for adults, meat is a core food in the diet for children.
GROUND BEEF, RED KIDNEY BEANS AND CORN SKILLET - NUTRIENT-DENSE TODDLER MEAL ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER.
- 100g lean ground beef (1/2 cup)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked red kidney beans
- 1 cup sweet corn
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
1. Put all ingredients in a non-stick skillet.
2. Mix them and cook them for about 15-19 minutes at medium high.
3. Stir from time to time.
4. Ready to serve! Enjoy!
The importance of Optimal nutrition
To sum up, optimal nutrition in the first 3 years of life is crucial for optimal growth and development. Iron-deficiency anaemia in childhood is associated with serious adverse outcomes that may not be reversible.
Toddlers and preschoolers often have limited food habits. Research shows that yet
energy and iron demands for growth are relatively high. Iron stores can be affected by prolonged breastfeeding, delayed introduction of solids and excessive use of cow’s milk. For this reason, significant number of young children are at risk to be be iron depleted.
For this reason, try to feed your child at least 3 times in a week iron rich foods. Vitamin C is important for the better absorption of iron. Therefore, it’s a great idea to serve an iron reach meal with a fresh orange juice for example.
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