Newsletter September – October 2017: Give Your Child’s Brain A Nutritional Boost
Top 10 Brain Foods for Children
The first five years of life are critical to a child’s development. These years shape a child’s success in school and in life. With so many things to consider in raising a healthy child, don’t forget to feed his or her growing brain. Certain foods may help boost a child’s brain growth, and improve brain function, memory and concentration.
- Green leafy veggies like spinach and kale are rich in folate and vitamins, which are linked to brain growth. Find ways to sneak these to your kid’s meals. You can add it to an omelet or mix it into a hamburger patty, for example.
- Yogurt is a great source of vitamin B and proteins, which improve the function and growth of brain tissues. A cup of yogurt, blended with fresh berries makes, for a quick, healthy snack.
- Eggs are a rich source of protein, and also contain good amounts of choline, a nutrient that is necessary for the proper function and development of the brain.
- Fish is an excellent food for brain development in children. Salmon, sardines and tuna are a rich source of vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acid. Try to include two to three servings of this one every week.
- Kidney beans are a good source of protein, and they are believed to boost memory and prevent many lifestyle related disorders.
- Berries are packed with valuable antioxidants. They also provide a good dose of Vitamin C, which improves immune function. Add some to your child’s cereal, yogurt or oatmeal for a healthy boost.
- Nuts and seeds are full of protein and essential fatty acids that boost your child’s mood and keep his nervous system healthy and functioning better. Introduce your child to walnuts and almonds, and sneak in some flax or chia seeds when you can.
- Oatmeal is rich in fiber, and it helps keep the heart and brain arteries clear. Studies have also confirmed how children who consumed oatmeal performed better on memory related tasks than other children.
- Apples should be your go-to snack when your child is craving something sweet. Try to buy the organic variety to steer clear of pesticides and chemical additives that could affect your child’s health.
- Turmeric is one of the best memory-boosting foods you could add to your child’s diet. Its curcumin content helps brain function. Add a little to your child’s oatmeal or yogurt. If you enjoy Indian cuisine, you are all set because most Indian dishes are prepared with turmeric.