As parents we all just want what’s best for our kids. And most of us are happy just by being able to do these two things: ensure your child’s good health, and provide an empowering education. Well today, we are going to talk about both.
In this article, we are going to share with you the top nine superfoods that are filled with different brain-boosting nutrients. In this way, your child is not only powered up and healthy each day, he’ll also do great in school!
We will be dividing this article in threes: first we’ll be covering three brain-boosting factors; and second, we’ll be featuring three superfoods for each category. Let’s get started!
Brain-Boosting Factor #1: FOCUS.
Here’s the thing, kids’ brains are like sponges. They’re not like adult brains, all worn out and in need of some oiling in order to work properly. However, here’s what most children lack: focus.
And with all the distractions of the modern world, it’s no wonder that more and more kids need help in focusing these days! Sheesh, even we tend to space out at times. Hence, here are three superfoods good for kids (and spaced out adults alike) that can help them have a more focused attention throughout the day.
Whenever we think about superfoods, the first thing that usually comes to mind are vegetables. There’s nothing wrong with that. The only problem is, kids don’t like it. So what do you do? Give them chocolate instead.
And we’re not joking! Studies show that dark chocolate can help improve cognitive function, particularly mental clarity and alertness. That’s all thanks to the moderate caffeine content found within the dark depths of this chocolate bar.
But caffeine is not the only merit of this treat. It is also rich in flavanols—a component that offers a lot of health benefits such as having strong anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Do you know what goes well with chocolate? Nuts! And if you’re going to choose one out of all the different nuts in the world, might we suggest walnuts instead?
That’s because walnuts have been found to help boost the brain’s ability to focus and think! Now, how does a brain boosting dark chocolate and walnuts brownie for breakfast sound? We know the answer! It’s “mmmm…”.
Is your child finding it difficult to focus? Have you ever considered that it might not be the lack of mental clarity that’s behind this, but instead a lack of iron? That’s because iron deficiency can cause brain fog and even hold back proper brain functioning!
Scary, right? Fortunately for our kids (and for us parents too!), pumpkin seeds are a great source of iron. Not only that, they are also rich in zinc and magnesium (minerals both known for their brain-boosting benefits), and they are fun to munch on as well.
Anyway, now that the kids have mental clarity and increased attention, it’s time to move on to the next factor in learning. Memory.
Brain-Boosting Factor #2: MEMORY
You might think that kids have excellent memory because they never forget anything you’ve promised them in the past, but you’ll be surprised how forgetful they can be when it comes to academics.
That’s why we’re sharing our three favorite memory-boosting superfoods.
Let’s start with juicy berries. According to a recent study held last year, blueberries have flavonoids. It is a component that helps improve children’s memory. In fact, it was also found to have positive effects on a child’s mood upon two to six hours of consumption—talk about fast working!
Here’s another yummy fruit. Fun fact: did you know that avocadoes are considered berries too? You can share that with your kid tomorrow at breakfast as you’re munching on delicious avocado toasts.
What’s great is that you’re also doing brain workouts at the same time! How? Simple. Just by eating avocados. That’s because avocadoes are rich in lutein, a component that enhances memory and eyesight.
Coincidentally, kids also need good eyesight in school, so that’s hitting two birds with one stone. A really big, soft, and delicious one.
An article about improving brain function and superfoods will never be complete without fish fat. Also known as omega-3 fatty acid, this type of fat makes up half of the all the fat in our brain (which says a lot since the brain is composed of almost 60% fat!).
And of all the different types of omega-3 fatty acids found in different kinds of fish, it is only the fat found in wild salmon that has been officially recognized by Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation because it is the only animal protein that effectively improves brain function, specifically our memory.
Speaking of improving brain functions, that’s the category that we will be featuring next!
Brain-Boosting Factor #3: IMPROVED MENTAL PERFORMANCE
Your child already has laser focus and she has brilliant memory…then why does she find it still difficult to solve the problems and patterns presented to her? If this is the case, then it’s time to incorporate these last three superfoods into your meal planning as well.
These three are known to improve overall mental performance, after all.
We always take vitamin C as the vitamin that helps out our immune system, but here’s another lessen known benefit to this amazing vitamin: It also helps improve our capacity to think and even prevent cognitive decline in later years.
There are a lot of different citrus fruits—all rich in vitamin C, but do you know our personal favorite? Oranges. Because they’re juicy, delicious, and kid-friendly.
It’s amazing how much nutrients are packed inside the humble egg. The sad thing is, it doesn’t usually get the spotlight it deserves in the superfoods section.
Finally, we have reached the last superfood in our list, yogurt. Much like vitamin C, the good bacteria found in yogurt called probiotics, is also not completely understood yet.
Here’s common knowledge: it’s good for digestion—and while that may be true, did you know that probiotics also significantly improves brain performance?
Tastes like ice cream, helps the body absorbs nutrients during the digestion process, strengthens bones, and it helps kids get smarter. This truly deserves the last spot in our superfood list.
But don’t think that these are the only superfoods that improve the brain’s health.
The Bottom Line
There are a lot of other superfoods out there that can help improve focus, memory, and just overall brain performance, but these nine are our absolute favorites because we won’t have to go into battle with our kids every single meal time.
Make use of the superfoods we have included in our list. Incorporate them into your kids’ diet in a fun and creative way, and let the nutrients do the rest.