Fuel your brain with food. Did you know there are certain “brain foods” which help to boost your child’s brain growth, as well as improve brain function, memory, and concentration?
For growing children, the brain is a very hungry organ, and the first to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. Children who have a healthy diet consisting of several different types of brain foods will thrive. A child’s brain has physically developed 90% of its potential growth before the age of five, so introducing brain food at an early age will get them a head start in life.
For the older child and adults, concentration can sometimes be a real challenge. Eating the correct diet can help while studying and working, and, with exams approaching, there are things we as parents can do to help our children get through a very stressful time.
There are many opinions on what the best foods for your brain are. Here at Exquisite, we’ve taken the time to research the top eight foods that you and your family should try to eat as often as possible, to maximise your brain’s potential. Bon appetite!
Possibly the best food we can eat today! High in healthy fats, this super food should be part of everyone’s daily diet. Sound too healthy? Well fear not, for this versatile fruit can be used to make chocolate brownies – a great way to get the kids eating them.
Another superfood with amazing benefits to the body and brain, beets are high in iron which is great for maintaining healthy blood function, and their known to increase stamina and brain function. Juiced and mixed with fruits makes for a delicious drink for the kids.
Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries – take your pick! These colourful fruits are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight chronic disease and cancer. Try combining with coconut ice-cream or blended smooth with coconut milk to provide a fantastic snack for children.
Love or hate it, broccoli is the king of the vegetable when it comes to the brain. These super stalks are high in vitamin K and vitamin C, contain an abundance of antioxidants and protect the body from damaging free radicals.
Everyone is going coconut crazy and we love it! Coconut oil is one of the best things to give your child. Whether it’s frying eggs or mixing it into soup, there’s a wealth of recipes available to capitalise on this ingredient’s super qualities. The properties in this oil provide natural saturated fats, improving brain function.
The list is not all bad, chocolate is included! Dark chocolate can help build and maintain muscle and memory. Mixed with a few different ingredients such as avocado or berries makes fora healthy, delicious treat for the kids.
Boiled, scrambled, fried and poached, eggs are a great source of protein and vitamin D – imperative for healthy bone growth, and a major factor in reducing heart disease.
Almonds, brazil, pecan and macadamia, organic and raw – nuts are fantastic for boosting energy levels and are filled with good fats, fibre and protein.
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