Foods to Promote Better Growth in Children 

Protein-rich foods: Protein is crucial for building and repairing tissues, including muscles, which is essential for growth. Good sources of protein include lean meats (chicken, turkey, beef), fish, eggs, dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese), legumes (beans, lentils), nuts, and seeds.

Calcium-rich foods: Calcium is necessary for bone development and strength. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium. Non-dairy sources include fortified plant-based milks (such as almond or soy milk), tofu, green leafy vegetables (like kale and broccoli), and calcium-fortified foods like orange juice.

Iron-rich foods: Iron is essential for healthy blood and overall growth. Good sources of iron include lean meats, poultry, fish, iron-fortified cereals, beans, lentils, tofu, spinach, and dried fruits such as apricots and raisins.

Whole grains: Whole grains provide complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are important for sustained energy and overall growth. Include whole grain bread, pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, barley, and whole grain cereals in your child's diet.

 Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, which are essential for overall growth and development. Encourage your child to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables daily to ensure they get a wide range of nutrients.

Healthy fats: Healthy fats are important for brain development and overall growth. Include sources of healthy fats such as avocados, nuts (like almonds, walnuts), seeds (like chia seeds, flaxseeds), olive oil, and fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel) in your child's diet.

Dairy or dairy alternatives: Dairy products are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which are important for bone health. If your child is lactose intolerant or follows a vegan diet, ensure they get calcium-fortified alternatives like fortified plant-based milk (soy, almond, oat), tofu, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of protein and various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D which is important for bone health. They are versatile and can be incorporated into various dishes.

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