Brain Food!

Top 10 secrets to get your family eating better - for the brain!

We have all read about the recommend foods for healthy brains. But lets face it; brain foods usually arent too kid-friendly. Omega-rich fish like salmon, vegetables like spinach and kale, and oatmeal are not typically your childs favorite things to eat. They may not be even some of your favorite dishes! When it comes to integrating these foods into your familys diet, it will take some ingenuity. Here are some ideas:

Oatmeal Instead of the traditional bowl of gruel that most kids turn their noses up at, consider making a granola bar packed with oatmeal and other healthy ingredients.

Spinach Slightly wilting leaves in olive oil make this brain food much more palatable. Also, consider baking spinach leaves into chips.

Iron Rich Foods Beef, chicken, and turkey are kid-friendly sources of iron. Since there has been a direct correlation made between iron deficiencies and brain deficiencies, keeping healthy levels of iron in your diet is paramount.

Chocolate Flavanol, which is present in dark chocolate, has been known to be a key factor in reducing memory loss. It is also speculated that flavanol can help regulate your mood and battle depression. Dark chocolate can be easily substituted into your childs favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Eat your Veggies Many vegetables are excellent sources of brain food. Cauliflower, green peppers, onions, broccoli, and winter squashes (such as acorn or butternut) will all help boost brainpower. Serve vegetable creatively. For example, cauliflower can be easily hidden in mashed potatoes!

Eggs Eggs are an excellent source of protein and the yolks contain choline, an important nutrient for memory development.

Peanut Butter  Kids love peanut butter, which is packed with Vitamin E and thiamin and are good for the brain. Peanut butter makes a great dip for fruit such as bananas, apples, and even pretzels.

Whole Grains Whole grain bread is packed with Vitamin B, which is great for the nervous system. If your child turns their nose up at whole grain bread, consider whole grain crackers or wraps.

Berry Simple Blueberries, strawberries and all the other berries that fit in here are a great source of brain food. The seeds in these berries contain Omega-3 fats, which are good for the brain. The more intense the color, the better the berry is for your brain.

Yogurt Yogurt is a great source of Vitamin D and B, both important in healthy brain function. Cant get your child to eat yogurt? Turn it into a healthy frozen treat.

Eat right for a healthy brain and contact us at Play Attention to teach your brain the cognitive skills it needs! 800-788-6786