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For kids, getting the right nutrients is important for healthy growth. Helping your child eat a variety of foods from all food groups is the best way to make sure your child gets all the nutrients needed for growth and development. Here are just a few examples of foods that are packed with nutrients to help kids grow healthy and strong.

Foods for Growth and Development

  • Brain: salmon, leafy greens, beans and nuts.
  • Eyes: carrots, spinach, cantaloupe and also sweet potatoes
  • Hair: milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, lean meat, poultry, beans and grains
  • Teeth: milk, yogurt, cheese, nuts, broccoli and spinach
  • Heart: banana, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, whole-grain bread and rice, salmon, milk and also yogurt
  • Digestive System: corn, carrots, apples, plain popcorn, nuts and yogurt
  • Skin: oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, kiwi,  grapefruit, sweet potato, nuts, beans and water
  • Muscles: lean meat, poultry, nuts, beans, potatoes, bananas, salmon, milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs
  • Bones: milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, spinach and nuts

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