… and tantalize their taste buds too!
When your kids return to school, they’re asked to sit still, stay focused, and learn. That’s tough without good nutritional support. So here are the foods that will help them succeed.
Blueberries are an easy sell for kids, and that’s great news because they are proven brain boosters. In fact, studies show that they boost concentration and memory for up to five hours after they’re consumed. That’s because they’re rich in antioxidants that stimulate the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain.
Fish like salmon and trout are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help us remember more and perform better on cognitive tests. In fact, without enough omega-3s in our system, we are likely to have mood swings, depression, fatigue, and poor memory.
If mackerel, herring, and sardines aren’t on your child’s go-to snack list, you can always opt for a high-quality supplement.
A mug of green tea sweetened with honey can help your child to become more alert and focused. That’s because its high theanine levels increase the brain’s alpha wave activity. This, in turn, boosts feelings of calmness while the caffeine in the tea is released slowly, preventing crashes. If your child can handle small amounts of caffeine, green tea is a significant asset.
Many brain-boosting foods are defined by their ability to stimulate blood and oxygen flow to hard-working brain cells. Creamy, rich in taste and vitamins, avocados—often a hit spread on toast—are no exception. This fruit is an excellent way to cleanse and increase blood flow naturally, ensuring your child’s mind is getting the fuel it needs.
We know it’s hard to convince kids to eat leafy greens like spinach and kale—but that’s what smoothies are for, right? After all, the brain health benefits of leafy vegetables with a dark green colouring are undeniable. These veggies support memory, focus, and overall brain health with generous amounts of antioxidants, carotenoids, and B-vitamins.
If your child can enjoy chocolate that’s at least 70% real cacao, this is a supremely tasty way to set them up for school success. Its small amount of caffeine enhances mental alertness, and its magnesium releases mood-boosting endorphins and serotonin. All of this helps young ones to stay engaged with their studies.
Include these six foods in the everyday lunchbox, snack or dinner recipes to get your children habituated and interested.
Cook with your kids using these #WholeFoods and educate them about the latter’s health benefits. Check out our recipes section for more simple and fun ideas to naturally support your children’s memory and brain health.
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