Eating certain foods during the day can help boost your child’s brainpower. Bananas and dried fruit provide good ‘fuel’ to your child’s brain for example, and breakfast cereal provides an excellent start to the day and will help sustain your child’s energy throughout the morning. Here, we look at seven superfoods to boost your child’s brainpower.
BREAKFAST CEREAL: A bowl of cereal is a healthy start to the day but you will need to choose carefully. Many of the cereals which appeal to children can contain almost 50 percent sugar, are highly processed which means they contain very little fiber, vitamins, or minerals, and are high in salt.
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It is much better to choose cereals like Cornflakes, Weetabix, Granola, Muesli, and Porridge. Even if your child adds sugar, these cereals will contain much less sugar than the four to five teaspoons per bowl you might find in some cereals.
EGGS: Eggs are rich in protein, zinc, vitamin A (for good vision), vitamin D (for bone growth), vitamin E (to prevent disease), and B12 (essential for the formation of red blood cells). Egg yolks contain lecithin which is thought to be an important ‘brain food’ contributing to memory and concentration and egg yolks also contain iron which is important for good brain function.
KIWI: Kiwi fruits contain almost twice as much vitamin C as oranges and one kiwi fruit provides the adult daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important as it improves the absorption of iron from food. Our bodies find it difficult to absorb iron from iron-fortified cereals without vitamin C. Vitamin C cannot be stored in our bodies which is why children need to eat vitamin C-rich foods on a daily basis.
BANANAS: Bananas are an excellent energy-boosting carbohydrate. Eating a banana as a snack will help your child sustain his or her energy levels and concentration throughout the morning. Include bananas in their school bag instead of salt crisps or biscuits as a healthier mid-morning snack.
DRIED FRUIT: Try introducing dried fruit to your child as a pudding or mid-morning snack. Dried fruits are rich in iron and are an excellent source of energy.
OILY FISH: Some types of fatty acids are not made by the body and must be obtained from foods. Fats are a major component of the brain and a large proportion of the brain is composed of fatty acids which play an important role in brain cell function.
Salmon, tuna, kippers, and sardines are all rich in fish oils. Research suggests that a diet rich in fatty acids could improve the performance of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and attention deficit disorder. Kedgeree which is a blend of egg, rice, and haddock makes a delicious breakfast for a change.