We’re sure you’re aware of how important it is for your child’s physical and mental development that they get the right nutrients. The Tutoring Center of Marietta know that it can be difficult to think of what to feed your child, so we’ve compiled a few suggestions for brain-boosting superfoods.
Eggs are a great source of protein, but they’re also one of the few foods to naturally contain vitamin D, which helps their bodies properly absorb calcium and has been linked to improved mood. Eating protein at breakfast keeps hunger at bay longer than just carbohydrates, so whip up some eggs!
Blueberries are amongst the healthiest fruits. Of course, any fruit is good for your child, but blueberries are bursting with antioxidants and studies indicate they may improve brain function, making them the pick of the bunch. They make a delicious topping for tons of breakfasts, including whole wheat pancakes or a bowl of Greek yogurt and granola, and they’re easily portable too, making them a great on-the-go snack.
Tofu is an excellent source of protein, and is especially good for growing girls as eating soy-based foods in adolescence has been linked with reduced instances of breast cancer in later life. You can substitute silken tofu for the yogurt in fruit smoothies as it has a very bland taste and gives a beautiful creamy texture, or try marinating and stir-frying it with vegetables and rice noodles if your child is willing to give it a taste!
Leafy greens are what springs to mind for most people when ‘healthy food’ is mentioned, and for good reason. Green vegetables such as spinach, kale and cabbage are rich in vitamins and minerals (including iron- essential for production of red blood cells and maintaining good energy levels) and are great for your child’s digestion. They may also have a detoxifying effect, encouraging your body to flush out any harmful or unwanted substances.
Nuts and seeds are brilliant protein sources, and are also rich in many vitamins and minerals. They are also full of healthy fats and omega 3 fatty acids, which your child needs to develop a strong and healthy body and mind. They’re easily portable and keep for a long time, too, so make sure to stock up next time you’re at the store.
Your child’s diet is critical, but it isn’t the only factor affecting their academic performance. You can help in other ways, such as by encouraging them to read over the holidays
. If they seem to be struggling in any area, hiring a tutor may be the answer.
The Tutoring Center offer free diagnostic assessments to provide support targeted to your child’s needs. Call 770-977-1888 to organize tutoring in Marietta.