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28 Hudson Valley Parent n March 2018 and can diminish inflammation in the body," says Goldhirsch. For young children in particular, getting enough healthy fat in the diet is essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. 8. Water. Water is an integral part of a healthy diet and a properly functioning body. "Water is the most important fluid to transport nutrients from our food into our cells and eliminate toxins from the cell," says Goldhirsch. Experts recommend letting your child's thirst be your guide as to how much water they should be drinking. Offer water between meals and avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks. 9. Lean protein. "Foods with high levels of protein contribute to adequate growth. They can provide a sense of fullness preventing all-day grazing," says Koenig. Chicken, turkey, or lean beef are great options. Kelly Bennett suggests replacing high fat options, such as a cheeseburger or a hotdog, with lean turkey or skinless chicken on whole wheat bread. 10. Herbs and spices. This is a fun way to experiment with different flavors while also boosting your child's health. "Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, basil and oregano, to name a few, are packed with vitamins and minerals and add flavor to otherwise unpleasant tasting foods for kids," says Goldhirsch. Try growing an herb garden to get kids interested in different flavors or encouraging children to smell different spices to see which they may like to taste. Caren Bennett is an editorial assistant for the American Payroll Association. She lives with her husband, 3 children and rambunctious Labrador. TOP 10 FOODS (Continued from Page 27) Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-214-0008 We'll make your child's dental visit playful, fun, & stress-free! • Specialize in infants through adolescents and children with special needs • General anesthesia available in our fully-equipped suites • State-of-the-art facility offering the latest technology Ahoy, Matey! Come Sail the Seven Seas with a Smile! 3206 Rt. 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 561-5227 ORANGEPEDIATRICCARE.COM ORANGE PEDIATRIC CARE, P.C. Looking for Quality, Compassionate, Personalized Pediatric Care? Maria Bernardez, MD - Board Certifi cate, FAAP Pediatrician Visit and "Like" our Facebook page • Fun, friendly atmosphere • Sedation services available • Treating kids of all needs • Most insurance accepted L earning Together, where children explore the world the way they learn be st, through play! • A happy, safe and caring environment encouraging a child's physical, creative, and intellectual growth • Serving children of all abilities • Early and after care hours available Kathy Masloski, Director 845-883-5151 40 Park Lane, Highland, NY 12528 845-293-5600 228 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549 Open Houses • 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 13 th - Montgomery March 15 th - Highland

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