The Nutrients You’re Not Getting

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The Nutrients You’re Not Getting

This is a guest post by Shannon White, the choreographer of the MECKids Dream Team.

Every once in a while, the government comes out with a study letting us know that we are not getting one (or many) of the key nutrients we need in our diets. Then comes the subsequent panic: What are they? Who can remember all of those, and better yet, what foods can you get them from?! Never fear… the most AWESOMEST healthy snack list is here!

Photo From: www.hsph.harvard.edu/

Here is what you’re not getting— And how to get it!

  • Calcium is needed to build and maintain strong bones (dairy products, leafy green veggies, fish with bones)
  • Fiber keeps us regular, helps you lose weight, stay full longer and improves your health (fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains)
  • Magnesium helps keep your blood pressure normal, keeps your bones strong and keeps the heart beating rhythmically (nuts, seeds, bran, halibut and other fish)
  • Potassium acts as an electrolyte that maintains your body’s fluid balance and keeps many of the body’s organs in good condition (potatoes, tomato paste/puree, white beans, yogurt, soybeans, bananas)
  • Vitamin A plays a major role in bone growth, reproduction and a healthy immune system (orange veggies, leafy green veggies, organ meats)
  • Vitamin C protects against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and skin wrinkling (fruits and veggies, red/green peppers, kiwis and guavas)
  • Vitamin E helps fight the signs of aging, protects the skin from sun damage and lowers skin cancer risks (some cereals, some oils, almonds, peanut butter)

Now it’s time to get your (healthy) snack on! Be sure to sign-up for our newsletter to receive healthy recipes and snack ideas right in your inbox! Click here to join our list today!

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? Please share in your comments!