You don't need to take your pick axe out to mine for the essential minerals that we need for our kids diet. Our foods actually have trace sources of these minerals. Think red meat = iron or milk = calcium.
The body needs two types of minerals. The Big Group (macrominerals) which includes phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, chloride, and sulfur. The Small Group (trace minerals) includes your iron, maganese, iodine, zinc, flouride, cobalt, selenium and copper
So What Are Some of the Foods that Contain Minerals?
Zinc is found in beef, pork, lamb products, certain bean products or legumes (beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts). Zinc is key for fighting off infections and illness along with proper cellular growth. And for our kids that get lots of scrapes from playing it is key for healing wounds.
Iron rich food sources include meat (especially red meats), tuna and salmon, eggs, beans, leafy green vegetables (broccoli), dried fruits (raisons), baked potatoes with skins, whole and enriched grains (wheat or oat).
This mineral is what the body needs to transport oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. It also functions in the production of hemoglobin, a key part of red blood cells, which is the part that carries the oxygen.
You'll find that Bananas, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes (w/skins), leafy green veggies are a great natural source for potassium.
Potassium helps to regulate the amount of water that flows in and out of our musculature system to maintain the proper balance. It is key to keeping the musculature and nervous system working properly.
We all know that dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) are great sources (unless your lactose intolerant). Canned salmon and sardines with bones, leafy green veggies and calcium fortified foods (orange juice - cereals) are other good sources.
Calcium is key for our skeletal development. Strong bones allow us to stand up straight and tall. It also lends itself to healthy teeth and that winning smile.