Eating healthy does not only effect your physical health, but also your mental health. Here at ITS we want to ensure all children are eating good and balance meals! We all know that oily fish, and omega-3 helps keep your brain whirring, but, especially around exam times, its great to know what other foods your child could be eating to make their brain activity soar! (and some they might enjoy more then an spoonful of fish oil a day)
Top 10 healthy foods to boost brain power:
- Try swapping white bread for brown bread.
Your mind and body does not function without energy. By swapping white carbs for whole wheat carbs like brown pasta, and brown bread, your body and mind will get the glucose and the energy that it needs slowly throughout the day, rather than all at once.
- Eat some blueberries.
Research carried out at Tufts University in America shows blueberries are helpful in delaying and improving short term memory loss.
- If you don’t like blueberries, get your boost from some blackcurrants.
Bursting with vitamin C, these little berries not only have the power to increase mental agility but also can protect against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia! Again, if these are a little hard to swallow why not try some red peppers, or an orange?
- Pack your lunch with some pumpkin seeds.
With pumpkin seeds being richer in zinc than any other seed, they release a valuable mineral that is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. They are also full of stress-relieving magnesium, and B vitamins which are vital good mood boosters!
- Broccoli, Broccoli, Broccoli!
With a great source of vitamin K, broccoli has been proven to enhance cognitive function and improve brain power. It is high in a compound called glucosinolates which we need to keep our brains and memories sharp!
- Use some sage in your dinners
Studies show sage has a long reputation for improving memory and concentration.
- Greek yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is full of healthy fats that are vital for your brain. As Greek yoghurt has more protein compared to other yoghurts, it helps keep brain cells in good form for sending and receiving information.
- Any eggs will do
Eggs are a great source of protein and the yolk contains choline which is a hugely important nutrient for memory development.
- Peanut Butter them up!
Kids love peanut butter, and that’s a good thing since this healthy snack is packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects nerve membranes. It also has thiamin, which is good for the brain, and glucose which gives energy.
- All of the berries
Berries can help improve memory and are packed with vitamin C and other antioxidant’s. Seeds from berries also contain omega-3 fats that help with brain function. Look for strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries – the darker the colour, the more nutrition it has.
So now you have an idea of some of the foods that can boost brain power, have a think, what’s in your child’s lunch box? Let’s hear from you!