Nutrition has strong links to all development of the human body, and none more important than the brain. 'You are what you eat' is a common phrase heard for years, how true is it? Many studies have proven that nutrition/ diet has a large influence on concentration levels, brain development, memory and very importantly, mental health. Getting your children to pack their diet with vitamin and mineral rich fruit and vegetable's is important, but often a tough task.
Here are a few foods your child will love to eat that will help their brain function and development:
1. Eggs- The yolks contain Choline, an important nutrient for brain development. Eggs are a good protein to help then feel full too. (Think omelettes, poached egg on granary/ brown toast)
2. Peanut butter - Be careful, high in fat so too much without exercise can promote weight gain, however as part of a balanced diet its fantastic!! Rich in Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that protects the nerve membranes. Also contains Thiamin which is great for the brain. (also create your own granola bars with peanuts and oats)
3. Whole grains- Contain lots of vitamin B which is great for the nervous system. (brown rice, oats, quinoa)
4. Oats - Porridge is a great breakfast. Not is it full of fibre that fills you up and stops you snacking, its packed with vitamin E, B complex and zinc which all help brain function. (add fruit, so natural sugars or a good quality honey)
Its not food but remember regular WATER intake is vital to a healthy body and mind. Stay hydrated!!
Combine this with some fresh air and keeping active for a winning combination.