Since school is starting, (it’s hard to believe fall is here isn’t it?) here are the top 5 “brain foods” for children according to Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a Detroit nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietitic Association (ADA). She says that these are the top 5 superfoods that will help children get the most from school. And we all want that, right? Here they are:
- Salmon – a great source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA -both important for brain growth and function.
- Eggs – as well as being a great protein source, they are also packed with choline, which helps memory development.
- Peanut Butter – here’s a healthy sandwich; peanut butter and banana on whole grain bread! Or, dip apple slices in peanut butter for a great snack.
- Whole Grains – whole grains provide a constant supply of glucose, which is exactly what the brain needs. Here’s a tip: If you buy a whole grain cereal, make sure a whole grain is the first ingredient listed.
- Oats/Oatmeal – oats are a “grain for the brain”. They are loaded with fiber and help keep a child’s brain fed all morning at school. They are also a good souce of vitamin E, B, potassium and zinc – which make our bodies and brain function at full capacity.
Now you can feel better sending the children to school, giving them an edge on learning!