Healthy Diet = Healthy, Smart Child
Interesting Fact: The brain is only 2% of the total body weight but it needs about 20% of the calories.
A growing brain, like your child’s, is a very hungry organ, therefore, needs a lot of nutrients. It craves Omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and fiber. Try these 10 brain-boosting foods to help your child become a better learner and problem solver:
1. Salmon – This fish is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for your child cognitive development. What if my kid hates it? – Try incorporating the salmon into the meal so that he doesn’t even know it there. Hide it in a sandwich or spread in on bread. I also hear they have salmon baby food. Note: Wild salmon was found to be the most nutritious. So go ahead, send your husband on that fishing trip he’s been wanting to take.
2. Peanut butter – this is a great source of Vitamin E which is a great antioxidant that protects the nerve membranes of the brain. This is easy since kids love peanut butter.
3. Avocado – They are full of the healthy fats that which are responsible for the healthy blood flow to the brain.
4. Acai berry – This berry has the highest amount of anti-oxidants than any other food. The best thing would be buying acai berry juice or supplement because it’s a very delicate berry that only grows in the Amazon. It is almost impossible to bring it to the US fresh from the
5. Eggs – They contain choline which is good for memory and helps you think better. They are also a great source of protein.
6. Sunflower seeds – They can boost your mood and brainpower. Also good to eat if you have insomnia.
7. Oatmeal – It is full of fiber, vitamins B, E potassium and zinc which keeps your child full longer and helps the brain and body function to the optimum level. Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for you and your child.
8. Yogurt – It helps improve alertness and memory because it contains an amino acid called tyrosine which is responsible for producing the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline.
9. Veggies – Especially the colorful ones like red cabbage, eggplant, and spinach, which are full of anti-oxidants. Try making a soup, your kid might even know that he’s eating spinach.
10. Whole Grain – Folate, Vitamin B6 is found on whole grain and are both very important for the brain.
11. Nuts – This would include cashews, almonds, and walnuts. They contain healthy fats that are good for your child’s brain. They make a great, healthy snack.
12. Beans – Beans are good for the brain because they provide a lot of energy. They are full of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals.
Things to remember:
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Drinking water is important because it keeps the concentration up.
- Avoid junk food! It has a negative effect on your child’s brain.