Kids are growing and learning at a remarkable rate. It seems they go from learning their first letter to reading children’s novel overnight. You want to start the day with a healthy breakfast, continue with a healthy lunch, and proceed throughout the day. Even healthy foods can differ. Some foods may be good for eyesight, but not brain function. So what are some snacks we can give them to boost brain power. Here’s 6 to try today!
1-Oatmeal with a fruit burst squeeze!
Someone suggested this to me while I was in college! At first, you may think this is merely a breakfast food, but it can be so much more than that! It’s also very simple to make – so smple, you may even be able to let your kiddo make it themselves. Don’t add anything special to it- simply squeeze some fruit burst onto the oatmeal, giving your kids a delicious and brain boosting snack! Oatmeal helps to keep your blood sugar even and provides Vitamin B (reduces risk of Alzheimer’s /Dementia and brain shrinkage) and also helps your body process essential nutrients the brain requires to make healthy!
Nuts have a ton of healthy fats and nutrients that your brain absolutely loves. Also low in sugars, this processes smoothly in your body, keeping your blood sugars from taking your body on a wild rollercoaster. Cashews are great for this, as are mixed nuts. Be aware though, nuts do have a lot of fat, and though healthy, should still be eaten in moderation.
Any snacks with iron can help your kiddo improve their memory, attention, and focus. Since a lot of people are anemic, it is an important nutrient to get plenty of if you want a nice, healthy brain! Things like spinach salads, broccoli, or meat and beans are all easy to make and are a great after-school snack.
4-Berries and other Fruits
Anything with antioxidants can have some great effects on your brain. Berries are well-known for having a variety of antioxidants, in addition to many other fruits. These are easy to grab, taste, delicious, and are more like a treat than a snack! Plus, you don’t have to worry about them staying cool if you’ll be on the go!
This is awesome, because it can be eaten on its own, with crackers, cooked into dishes, and so many other ways. Fortified with DHA, this food can help you focus and pay attention with almost no preparation!
What kid doesn’t like chocolate? Recent research show that cocoa increases blood flow to the brain, and increases cognition. This is also a yummy treat for the adults, too! Look for cocoas that boast cocoa flavanols content – that’s what helps the brain best! This is also something that you can have for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner drink. The best part? The great majority of children will thoroughly enjoy this treat!