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Chef Nikki Shaw: Here are a few healthy foods for busy moms to integrate into the daily menu.

The increasing childhood-obesity rate is a real concern, but there are a few easy solutions for all of us to know. Let's start with getting in the kitchen and cooking more, instead of relying (so much) on fast food to feed our families. I'm a busy mom, and sometimes, running through the drive-thru is a must. I understand that. But if we cook at home more, we'll know exactly what we're eating -- and the amounts of sugar and salt used.

Here are a few "Fantastic Foods" that are packed with nutrients for kids ... and adults, too!

You CAN Feed Your Kids Better Food!

Get in Your Fiber

Strawberries, raspberries, apples, oatmeal, whole-grain bread and beans are great sources for fiber.Fiber is important because it keeps you regular.

Eat More Dairy

Milk, cheese and yogurt are great sources for calcium.Calcium is crucial for developing strong bones.

Pump Some Iron

Shrimp, beans, chicken and fortified cereals like Cream of Wheat are full of iron.Iron is good for your blood cells and brain development.

Pick the Letter "E"

Tomato sauce, spinach, broccoli, avocados and almonds are great sources for vitamin E.Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it's good for healthy skin.

"P" is for Potassium

Halibut, bananas, oranges and pistachios are great sources for potassium.Potassium is crucial for healthy muscles and blood pressure.

In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Danielle April 17, 2010, 8:53 AM

Potassium in Pears are a great source too and with as much potassium as a banana.

Calcium: Sunshine is a great source 15-40 minutes a day depending on your skin type before you put on sun block.

anon April 18, 2010, 2:53 PM

No little chunkers allowed.

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