Children enjoy colourful and crunchy fruits. As a parent the earlier you introduce this to them, the better. It’s only a matter of time before they begin to enjoy these fruits on their own. Mombasa is known for a variety of fresh fruits such as mangoes, coconut and watermelons. There are many markets in Mombasa that sell affordable fresh fruit such as Kongowea market, Naivas mall and City mall.

Here are five fruits that are packed with nutritious value that you could add to your  shopping basket that are beneficial to your child’s health.

1.Berries

They vary from strawberries, blackberries, cherries and blueberries. The darker the berry the more nutritious the berry. These fruits have high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin C which can prevent the risk of cancer.

Think about increasing your child’s cognitive function these are the fruits to go after. Help them make smoothies that are berry inclusive, add a few to their lunch packs for snacking as they prevent long term effects of stress on the brain’s functioning and boost memory capacity. They are also a good source of omega-3 fats.

2. Apples

Apples are one fruit you don’t want to leave out of your child’s diet. They contain pectin, which is a dietary fibre, that stimulates good bacteria into your child’s gut and fight against bad bacteria in the gut as well. Apples also contain a mineral called boron that will assist in the growth of your child’s teeth and bones. In addition, apples help protect your child from vision disorders, cancer, heart attacks and diabetes.

3. Bananas

Did you know that the athletes eat a lot of bananas because they are rich in carbohydrates that can help power muscles? For children eating bananas won’t be for the sole purpose of gaining muscle but rather as a source of energy as they tend to be engaging in a lot of activities by packing a banana for them as a snack will aid in boosting their energy levels throughout the day.

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 which assists in healthy skin. The fruit is also a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium which aid in keeping your child’s heart strong and healthy.

4. Oranges

Oranges are popularly known for their vitamin C content. But beyond vitamin C, they also contain beta carotene and many other carotenoids. The pith and peels of oranges contain pectin which is a kind of soluble fibre and flavonoids which aids in preventing colds.

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