Tuesday, 23 April 2013

I won’t tell them it’s healthy if you won’t!

I’m sure the mention of broccoli or fish is just a no go when asked ‘what’s for dinner?’ but food is such an important factor when it comes to your children excelling in the class room.  Just like your little ones stomach needs to be satisfied with a meal, so does their brain! Just like The Very Little Hungry Caterpillar, the brain is the first organ of the body to absorb any nutrients from the food we eat, according to Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a Detroit nutritionist.

Picture sourced on Flickr by Coqui the Chef 
You are always hearing about these “brain foods” but what exactly are they? And how are they beneficial for your child?
1.     Salmon: Excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA – both essential for brain growth and function
2.     Eggs: Great source of protein, especially the yolks which help with memory development
3.     Whole Grains: Source of glucose
4.     Oats: Very nutritious as they are loaded with fiber (excellent for breakfast). Filled with vitamins B & E, potassium and zinc
5.     Berries: All berries! Excellent for the memory!
6.     Beans: include energy from protein and complex carb, with lots of vitamins and minerals
7.     Colourful Vegetables: Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach are all rich in antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy
8.     Milk & Yogurt: Filled with protein and vitamin B which is essential for the growth brain tissue
9.     Lean meat: Important source of iron which helps children stay energized and concentrate
All these little growing bodies need these types of nutrients to get through the school day and get the most out of their learning. There are so many fun, easy, healthy recipes the kids will love, it’s just about being creative and trying new things. Check out our Facebook page for some healthy treats the kids would love!

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