Snack time after school is a great opportunity to give your kids healthy foods that will actually help them to focus and learn by providing essential nutrients to the brain. Even better, in addition to feeding your kids’ bodies and brains in the short term, you will help them build healthy eating habits to last well beyond their school years. So, rather than give them surgery snacks that do not contain nutrients, give them the fuel their brain needs to complete their day’s studies.
Here are a few brain boosting snacks below…
Like many adults, kids often do not get enough water over the course of their day. Quick sips from a water fountain are not enough, and even mild dehydration can cause the brain to feel sluggish. Moreover, the body often translates thirst into hunger, which can lead kids toward overeating and unhealthy food choices.
Fat is key to brain health, as it helps keep cell membranes flexible and better able to send and receive information. Full-fat Greek yogurt provides a healthy amount of fat along with protein to boost energy and carry a young scholar through until dinner time.
Bananas can be good fuel for your child’s brain. Potassium present in bananas helps in circulation of blood and thereby boosting the brain. Bananas can also increase your child’s concentration power. You may give them bananas as snacks to school or in between study hours.
Eggs are an awesome little package of nutrition. They provide a full serving of protein along with omega-3 fats, choline, and lutein — all nutrients that are essential to healthy brain operation.
Plenty of kids enjoy munching on carrots, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, or red pepper strips on their own, but adding dip can boost both flavor appeal and nutrition. Use Greek yogurt rather than sour cream as a base for your dip. Buy or make your own hummus, and look for a recipe with turmeric for another brain power boost.
Seeds and Nuts
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds are high in protein and healthy oils and just a small handful makes a full serving. Studies have found nuts and seeds to have a mood-boosting effect as well. Even kids with nut allergies can enjoy some nuts and seeds that do not trigger the allergic response — just check labels carefully to be sure that they are not processed in the same facility as peanuts or other allergenic nuts.