Helpful Information about Nutrition for Children

As parents we want the best for their kids, but we know it can get confusing with the
foods we should make sure they are eating for a healthy diet. So, to help you we
have put together some useful information about nutrition for children.

 For a child’s body to function in a healthy manner it requires basic nutrients on a daily basis.

Carbohydrates: These are the major sources of energy for the body.
Carbohydrates are divided into two groups;

Complex Carbohydrates: These are naturally starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, bread, pasta and vegetables.

Simple Carbohydrates: These include sugary foods, e.g. Cakes, biscuits and chocolate as well as processed foods containing a lot of salt.

Fibre:

Is also found in carbohydrates e.g. fruit, vegetables, grains and is not used for energy but for a healthy bowel.

Proteins:

These play an important part in the structure and function of all cells in the body. Protein deficiency can  cause retardation in children.

Protein – rich food include animals sources (complete) e.g. meat, fish, milk and vegetable sources (incomplete) e.g. pulses, nuts and grains.

Fats:

Fat in its true sense provides energy, heat insulation, cushioning and buoyancy to the body.  Because of association of high fat diets with obesity and heart disease it is generally recommended that fat should contribute to less than 35% of the total calorific intake.

Fats are the source of fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.  Animal sources
include butter, lard, fat, milk, fish oil and vegetable sources include vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.  Foods high in saturated fat include all dairy products such as cheese and butter.

Vitamins and Minerals:

These are required by the body in minute amounts and are required for good health and growth.  Each vitamin and mineral has a specific function and one cannot be substituted for another.  Many vitamins and minerals are needed to form a balanced diet as they play a vital role in a number of activities including regulating the heart rate, bone formation, digestion and nerve and muscle activity. Vitamins and minerals come
in a variety of sources and are found in all of the above food groups especially in fruit and vegetables.

Water:

The importance of fluid intake is of paramount importance in children as it is responsible for their temperature control, chemical reactions and therefore normal function. This is an essential nutrient, vital for the maintenance of life. General recommendations are to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.
Water can be found in fluid form in fruit and vegetables.

 

YogaBugs at the Yoga Garden Party!

Catch YogaBugs at the Yoga Garden Party this Saturday, 4th August.

The Yoga Garden Party is a fun charity day in aid of the Hope Foundation.

Hope was set up in 1999, to help restore basic human rights to the street children of Kolkata. Today Hope is the largest and most recognized NGO in Kolkata and has a Head Office in Ireland, an implementation office in Kolkata, and since 2007, a branch in the UK. Their focus in the UK is on awareness raising, reaching a wider audience and also to raise funds for the projects in Kolkata.

Hope has many famous patrons, including Simon Low, Principal of The Yoga Academy. Simon raises money through donation yoga days and classes, fundraising events (Yoga Garden Party!) and sponsorships.

The Yoga Garden party is at a beautiful location, Commonwork Farm, Kent. Tickets are only £20 and the day will be full of classes ranging from Tai Chi, Vinyassa Yoga, Glow Yoga, Meditation and much. There is also a number of well being treatments available and a luxury raffle!

It is a family event, with activities and crafts for children including our very own YogaBugs sessions at 12:30pm and 4pm. There will also be a guest appearance from the YogaBugs man, treats for children and the chance to speak to a member of the team about our training opportunities.

We are really looking forward to the event and we hope to see you there.

For information and tickets please visit:  www.charityyogaday.org.uk