We know that ‘good bacteria’ is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system, but there can be wider benefits too. As well as helping allergies, eczema, and the immune system, clinical trials have now suggested links between a child’s microbiome and toddler behaviour as well as autism spectrum disorders.
Microbiome is a community (biome) of microorganisms that, in this instance, exist in the gut and are crucial to digestion and general wellbeing. Thinking about nurturing the ‘rainforest’ that lives in your child’s gut is a worthwhile intention when deciding what to pack in their daily lunch and make for dinner.
A variety of vegetables, fruit, prebiotic and fermented foods are helpful when it comes to encouraging healthy gut flora and discouraging bad bacteria from taking hold. The Protein+ boosters that I developed contain both pre and probiotics to encourage good gut health and allow our kids to thrive from the inside out.
Lunchbox ideas that have the added benefit of boosting gut health include:
- Mountain bread wraps or a nutritious sourdough bread with roast beef, hummus, avocado, sauerkraut & capsicum
- Vegetarian meatballs
- Bone broth hummus
- Choc, kale + hemp bliss balls
- Wholesome zucchini crackers
- Homemade gummies
- Organic seaweed
- Probiotic bliss bites
- Veggie sticks
- Fresh fruit
- Kefir with berries
If children have had a bout of illness or course of antibiotics, gut health is even more important to consider when deciding what to feed them. The most important thing to aim for is to eat the rainbow, ensuring a variety of colours from veggies and fruit on a weekly basis and to sneak these into other ‘easier to accept’ foods such as smoothies or sauces if children are going through a fussy eating phase. Check out the Wholesome Child+ range to help rebuild and replenish their gut health as quickly as possible - with nutrient dense, hard to detect powders derived from organic wholefoods.