We all know that good nutrition is essential to your child’s development and growth. Certain “brain foods” can improve brain growth, brain function, memory and concentration. Here are a few brain foods that you should try to get into your child’s diet whenever possible.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA. Omega-3 is fantastic for brain development and function. Other fish like mackerel and tuna are terrific sources of Omega-3 as well. If your kids won’t eat fish, then ask your pediatrician if you should supplement their diet with fish oil.
The choline found in eggs is key for the creation of memory stem cells. Just remember that most doctors recommend that babies shouldn’t be given egg yolks until 8 months old and egg whites until a year old.
Oatmeal is “grain for the brain” as they say. Research has shown that kids who eat oatmeal (as opposed to cold cereal or no breakfast) score significantly higher on spatial memory tasks. If your kids won’t eat plain oatmeal, top it with fresh berries.
Strawberries and blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants. Improved memory is often noticed in those children (and adults) that consume berries regularly. Berries are also rich in vitamin C and other nutrients. Plus they are low calorie and kids love the sweetness.
Whole wheat bread
Ditch the white bread and replace it with whole wheat instead. Your kids will get the benefits of fiber, folate (which manufactures memory cells) and other B vitamins. Peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread are a favorite among kids and peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E and thiamine, which are good for your nervous system.
Milk and other dairy
Milk, yogurt and other low-fat dairy foods are rich in protein and vitamins essential for brain growth and healthy neurotransmitters. Kids under two years old should drink whole milk, after that you can switch them to the low fat variety.