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Don't Lose That Muscle Mass

Charlyn Fargo on

Q and A

Q: I have a toddler, and I'm concerned he's not getting all the nutrients he needs. What are the key things for him?

A: There are four key nutrients kids need that are essential to their overall health and development. Calcium plays a critical role in bone and tooth development. Milk, yogurt and cheese are top sources. Vitamin D works to build healthy and strong bones and supports the immune system. It's in fish, egg yolks and cereals. Potassium keeps muscles and nerves healthy and promotes normal blood pressure. Bananas, spinach and peas are good sources. Fiber is another essential nutrient that nourishes the gut and helps with digestive health and with being regular. High-fiber foods include whole grains, avocados and strawberries.

RECIPE

When I need a quick meal, I often turn to my wok for inspiration. Here's a recipe for a shrimp-asparagus stir-fry that gives a boost to your vegetable intake and gets a flavor boost from fresh ginger and basil. It's from Cooking Light.

SHRIMP-ASPARAGUS STIR-FRY

 

Servings: 6

3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon cornstarch

3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

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