These aren’t hard-to-find exotic or gourmet foods that cost an arm and leg to get. No, these super foods can easily be found at your local grocery store—and your kids will actually eat them too!
You’ve probably heard the saying “You are what you eat.” Well, it’s true.
Your kids are only as smart as the food you feed them. Ever notice how the family feels after eating that Big Mac and fries? Or, after that meal of chicken and veggies?
Certain foods actually help boost a child’s brain growth and improve brain function, memory and concentration. Here’s a list of the super foods that’ll help your kid fight off school-day slumps:
Salmon is high in omega 3’s, which are essential for brain growth and function. Research shows that when kids get more of these fatty acids in their diets, they have sharper minds and do better at mental skill tests.
Peanuts and peanut butter are a great source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects nervous membranes. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which helps to prevent cell and tissue damage.
In general, the more intense the color, the more nutritional the food. Berries contain a high level of antioxidants, especially Vitamin C.
Whole grains help supply the brain with a constant supply of glucose and regulate the release of glucose into the body. Be careful – just because you are buying brown bread, does not mean it is necessarily WHOLE grain bread. Read the package closely to make sure you’re getting whole grains.
Beans are an excellent brain food! They keep a child’s energy and thinking levels at peak performance for hours on end. Kidney and pinto beans are a good choice, because they contain more omega 3’s than other beans.
Milk and Yogurt
Dairy foods are packed with protein and B vitamins, which are essential for the growth of brain tissue. Milk and yogurt provide a powerful punch: they contain both protein and carbs, the preferred source of energy for the brain.
Studies show that children who eat healthy foods are more likely to make healthy food choices as adults. Importantly, children are more likely to make nutritious food choices if they see you choosing nutrient-rich foods too!
So remember that your food choices affect theirs. The payoff is huge: not only will your kids be more alert and responsive—they’ll be happy and healthy! Who could ask for more?
Tell us, do you have any tricks for getting the little ones to eat healthy foods?