Brain Foods for Kids

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As fast as children whizz from the classroom to activity to home and back again, their brains are just as rapidly growing and changing, and the foods they eat are so very important. These years are critical for brain development, and what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills. These five foods can help kids stay sharp and affect how their brains develop well into the future.

Number one, eggs. The protein and nutrient in eggs help kids concentrate, says Los Angeles-based chef Beth Saltz. How should you serve it? Well, fold the scrambled eggs into a whole-grain tortilla for a filling breakfast or late afternoon snack. The protein-carb combo tide kids over until the next meal with no sugar-induced energy crash. You can also try serving egg salad sandwiches or a few deviled eggs.

Number two, Greek yogurt. Fat is important to brain health. A full fat Greek yogurt, which has more protein than other yogurts, can help keep brain cells in good form for sending and receiving information. How should you serve it? Well, pack Greek yogurt in a lunch with some fun mix-ins for the kids, cereal with at least three grams of fiber, or blueberries for a dose of nutrients called polyphenols. Dark chocolate chips are another great option. They also have polyphenols. These nutrients are thought to keep the mind sharp by hiking blood flow to the brain.

Number three, greens. Full of folate and vitamins, spinach and kale are linked to lower odds of getting dementia later in life. Kale is a super food, packed with antioxidants and other things that help new brain cells grow. How should you serve it? Well, we know for some kids greens are a hard sell. So rather than serving a salad, you may wanna try some different ideas. Whip spinach or kale into smoothies for snack time. Add some spinach to omelets or lasagna, or make some kale chips. Just cut the kale from the stems or the ribs and drizzle with olive oil and a bit of salt and bake.

Number four, oatmeal. Protein and fiber rich oatmeal helps keep heart and brain arteries clear. In one study, kids who ate sweetened oatmeal did better on memory-related school tasks than those who ate a sugary cereal. How should you serve it? Add some cinnamon. Compounds in the spice may protect brain cells, research shows.

And number five, apples and plums. Kids often crave sweets, especially when they’re feeling sluggish. Apples and plums are lunchbox-friendly and contain an antioxidant that might fight decline in mental skills. How should you serve it? Well, the good of the stuff is often in the skin of the fruit. So buy organic, wash well, and put fruit in a bowl for quick grab snacks. With these helpful tips, start giving your kids a brain boost today. Wanna learn more about your brain and how it functions? Call and schedule your brain map today.

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June 7, 2023