When it comes to helping your child perform at their best during school hours there is no easier way then helping them eat right. Studying and snacking have always gone hand in hand so why not swap out those sugary snacks for something tasty and nutritious!
We’re going to give you a few tips to help your child advance this school year and really kick that brain power into gear.
Waking up to a glass of water
In today’s world our children are constantly being exposed to sugary bubbly drinks and not getting enough of nature’s finest drink, water. If your child is dehydrated it can cause them to be irritable and lethargic thus hindering the learning process. Once they wake encourage water consumption and send them off to school with a water bottle.
Taking a break for breakfast
We’ve all heard our parents say “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Turns out they were right. Breakfast kick starts the brain and give it that boost it needs to go all day long. Children who eat a balanced breakfast have been proven to have more energy and concentration than those children who don’t. Even if your child is not a big eater something as simple as oatmeal can go a long way. Make sure to take the extra time to feed your kids before school to optimize that brain power!
Complex carbs and proteins
When these two separate nutrients combine they become a match made in heaven. To some the idea of a carb means unhealthy and weight gain, but not all carbs are created equal. Complex carbs are built of fiber and starch and when combined with protein it will provide your child with a days’ worth of sustained energy. Try giving them peanut butter slathered on whole grain bread, they won’t be upset!
Fill up on leafy greens
You may be thinking that getting your child to eat leafy greens is impossible. There are always clever ways to sneak in those vegetables you just have to do some research. Leafy greens contain called folate which is a B vitamin. This is used to create memory brain cells resulting in a productive day at school.
DHA is considered a mineral and it does a great job at promoting brain function. It is vital for children to consume DHA for brain development. This mineral is found in a lot of different foods that your kids will love such as cheese, eggs, and fish. Get creative with those dinners to increase brain function throughout the day.
Wishing you and your kids a great school year filled with good grades and tons of brain power!