Foods To Keep Kids Brain Healthy

1. Eggs

The protein and nutrients in eggs help kids concentrate.

Fold scrambled eggs into a whole-grain tortilla for a filling breakfast or late-afternoon snack.

The protein-carb combo tides kids over until the next meal with no sugar-induced energy.

You can also try serving egg salad sandwiches or a few deviled eggs.

2. Salmon

Fatty fish, such as salmon, is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for brain growth and function. Getting enough of these fatty acids can help kids improve their mental skills.

Make salmon sandwiches (on whole wheat bread) instead of tuna for a healthy alternative.

3. Whole Grains

Whole grains such as breads and cereals provide glucose, an energy source the brain needs. Whole grains also contain B vitamins, which are good for the nervous system.

Add whole grains to most meals by switching to whole grain breads, wraps, and crackers.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice. It contains a compound called curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (two factors that may benefit brain health and overall health).

Turmeric may boost brain health and stave off Alzheimer’s disease by clearing the brain of beta-amyloid (a protein fragment). The buildup of beta-amyloid is known to form Alzheimer’s-related brain plaques.

In addition, turmeric may shield brain health by inhibiting the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

Turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder, which typically also includes such spices as coriander and cumin. To increase your intake of turmeric, try adding curry powder or turmeric to stir-fries, soups, and vegetable dishes. Include a couple dashes of black pepper to enhance the absorption of turmeric.

5. Colorful Veges

Vegetables with rich, deep color are an excellent source of antioxidants to keep the brain cells healthy. Some veggies to include in your child’s diet are tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, or spinach. It’s easy to sneak veggies into spaghetti sauces or soups.

Replace potato or corn chips in your child’s lunch with baked sweet potato wedges or easy-to-snack-on veggies such as sugar snap peas or baby carrots.

 

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