Want your child to do better in school in Hudsonville?

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:

  1. Salmon – a great source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA -both important for brain growth and function.
  2. Eggs – as well as being a great protein source, they are also packed with choline, which helps memory development.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!