A Good Start
Eating breakfast is the best way to ensure the brain cells are fired up and ready to go, leading to improved memory and better concentration. Include a combination of carbohydrates (bread, oatmeal, fresh fruit), protein (eggs, yogurt, nut butters) and healthy fats (flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nut butter, fish oil).
Just a Little Bit, But Often
Children have high energy needs but tiny tummies. They need energy dense, nutritious foods in small amounts regularly throughout the day. Regular meals and small snacks will provide sustained energy and keep blood sugar levels stable.
Fresh is the Way to Go
Fresh fruits and vegetables are crucial to overall health and well being and provide great sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals needed to support the brain. Serve fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack to ensure your child is eating the recommended five to seven servings per day.
Fish oil, particularly the DHA in fish oil, is important for brain function. Studies continue to confirm DHA is important in the prenatal, breastfeeding, toddler and school aged periods to support proper brain development. Consider adding a fish oil supplement or algae oil supplement to your child?s diet.
Forget the Junk
Processed foods are poor quality, high fat, high sugar, additive laden fake foods which do not help support optimal brain function. These foods lead to unstable blood sugar levels and rob the body of vital nutrients.
Dehydration effects concentration and brain function ensure your child drinks enough water throughout the day to maintain proper hydration levels.
By: Kim Corrigan-Oliver CNP, ROHP