We all want to give our children the best possible start in life – so let’s begin with the brain!
Certain “brain foods” are thought to boost a child’s brain growth and improve brain function, memory and concentration.
The brain is the first organ to absorb nutrients from food – so let’s make sure it’s getting what it needs. Below are just a few great food suggestions.
And remember, when you don’t have time to cook for your kids, check out all the healthy meals and snacks at The Kids’ Table!
Top Brain Foods:
1 Salmon Sure, tuna and other fish are good too, but salmon is the top choice for building a better brain! This fatty fish is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA – both essential for brain growth and function.
2 Eggs Yes, they ARE all they’re cracked up to be! They’re not only a great source of protein, but also choline, which aids in memory development.
3 Whole Grains. The brain needs a constant supply of glucose and whole grains deliver. The fibre helps regulate the release of glucose into the body…and your brain will thank you for it!
4 Oats. Kids get a great kick-start to the day and keep on going well into the morning with the excellent energy oats provide! Oats are a good source of vitamin E, B-vitamins, potassium and zinc which makes our bodies and brains function at peak performance.
5 Berries. Studies have shown improved memory with the extracts of blueberries and strawberries – and it’s thought that the deeper the colour of the berry…the more nutrients it packs!
6 Beans are excellent brain food – keeping children’s energy and thinking levels high. Kidney and pinto beans contain more omega 3 fatty acids than other beans…so pick these beans more often.
7 Colourful Veggies including broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, and spinach…those with rich deep colour, are the best sources of antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy.
…plus nuts, milk and yogurt, lean meats or meat alternatives are all good brain foods for your growing child!
Source: “Top 10 Foods for Children”, Jeanne Lorche Davis; WebMD