The Health and Wellness Blog
September, 14, 2011
So everyone’s back in the swing of things, right? The kids are back at school and and they’re starting to get used to heading out the door in the morning for a fun-filled day of learning. Did you know there’s a bunch of delicious foods you can include in your child’s diet to help boost their brain power? Read on for a list of a few, plus find some tasty, healthy recipes they’re sure to enjoy.
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5 brain foods for kids
Eggs are high in choline, a nutrient necessary for brain development and function, and proper nerve function. Serve your kids a soft boiled egg for breakfast. If their picky palates reject eggs, see if you can disguise them in French toast made with whole grain bread. (Check out a delicious recipe for French toast here.)
High in antioxidants, berries will help keep your child’s memory in tip top shape. The hefty dose of vitamin C doesn’t hurt either, keeping your kid’s immune system healthy. Add a handful of berries to your child’s cereal or oatmeal.
Yogurt is a great source of protein and vitamin B and will help with the growth of brain tissues. Add a small container of yogurt to your kids lunches. Or serve is for breakfast with some berries on top.
4. Nut butters
Your child needs “good” fats for brain development and overall health. Natural nut butters (ones that don’t contain hydrogenated or trans fats, or loads of sugar), such as almond, peanut and cashew, are a great source of healthy fats. Most schools don’t allow kids to have nut products in their lunches or snacks, but an almond butter and apple sandwich is a great option for a quick at-home meal or snack. In fact I think I need one of those right now.
5. Whole grains
Whole grains will help your kids sustain an even glucose level throughout the day, helping to keep their energy up and attention span long. Remember to make your kids’ sandwiches on whole grain breads instead of white bread.
And: Always remember to feed your kids breakfast. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school and get in less trouble.