Nutrients for kids

Some children go through a vegetarian phase — declaring that they’ll never eat meat again.Whether this is a lasting dietary change or a fleeting fancy, you need to make sure your child’s eating regimen is sufficiently varied. Akron Children’s Hospital suggests you include the following nutrients in your child’s diet:

•Calories and fat: peanut butter, nuts, cheese, sunflower seeds, and soy products

•Protein: legumes, and dairy and soy products

•Calcium: milk and orange juice, tofu and dark green, leafy vegetables

•Iron: enriched grains, legumes, and dried fruit

•Vitamin B12: fortified soy milk, and some breakfast cereals

•Zinc: legumes, hard cheeses, whole grain products, wheat germ, nuts and tofu