A healthy, balanced diet is not just good for kid's bodies, it's good for their brains, too. The right foods can improve brain function, memory, and concentration. Like the body, the brain absorbs nutrients from the foods we eat, and these 10 "superfoods" on the following slides can help children boost their brainpower.
1. Brain Food: Salmon
Fatty fish, such as salmon, is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for brain growth and function. Getting enough of these fatty acids can help kids improve their mental skills.
Make salmon sandwiches (on whole wheat bread) instead of tuna for a healthy alternative.
2. Brain Food: Eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein, and their yolks have choline, an important nutrient for memory development.
Try a homemade breakfast burrito, loaded with veggies for a quick and healthy breakfast before school.
3. Brain Food: Peanut Butter
Kids love peanut butter, and that's a good thing since this healthy snack is packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects nerve membranes. It also has thiamin, which is good for the brain, and glucose which gives energy.
Peanut butter makes a great dip for fruits such as bananas, and for veggies such as celery.
4. Brain Food: Whole Grains
Whole grains such as breads and cereals provide glucose, an energy source the brain needs. Whole grains also contain B vitamins, which are good for the nervous system.
Add whole grains to most meals by switching to whole grain breads, wraps, and crackers.
5. Brain Food: Oats/Oatmeal
Oats and oatmeal are excellent sources of energy and brain "fuel." Oats are packed with fiber to help keep kids feeling full so they don't snack on junk food. They are also an excellent source of vitamins E, B complex, and zinc to help kids' brains work their best.
Oatmeal can be a base for almost any topping such as apples, bananas, blueberries or even almonds.
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