By Deborah Levy, MS, RD
With 10 to 12 weeks of vacation under their belt, your kids will be heading back to school this fall with memories of summer camps, swimming lessons and weekends spent in Galveston, but will they remember the multiplications tables, geometric formulas or vocab words they learned before summer break began?
This year, to get your kids back on track, supercharge their breakfasts and lunches by adding some of these brain foods to help them to remain alert, focused, and energized while they are at school.
- Spinach: Spinach boosts brain power, and that could mean better grades for your children. Spinach is chock full of folic acid and has even been shown to reverse memory loss. Add spinach into your kids’ sandwiches to give them a boost of brain power in the middle of the day.
- Blueberries: Research shows blueberries are linked to better memory and decision-making. Many kids love them out of the freezer or stirred into warm oatmeal at breakfast time. You could also add them to cereal or pancakes.
- Flax Seeds: Studies have proven that eating foods high in fatty acids regularly helps children focus better and study more efficiently. Pair flax with yogurt, pudding or other lunch favorites to ensure your kids will receive a beneficial serving of omega 3 fatty acids. Carrington Farms Flax Paks are packed in portable and convenient single serve packets with a pre-measured daily dosage—the perfect addition to your child’s lunch box!
- Apple Slices: An apple a day can improve your kids’ study habits and academic performance. The peel of the apple includes a powerful antioxidant called quercetin that enhances memory function.
Deborah Levy has spent the last twenty years educating adults, children and medical professionals on nutrition, including a back to basics approach to healthy eating. Deborah is a Health and Nutrition Consultant for Carrington Co., LLC.