Aug 06, 2013
Dr. Taz MD Wellness Solutions: Back to School Brain Boost
Get your children ready for school with foods that support learning. Brain boosting foods support the neurotransmitters necessary for optimal focus, attention and energy.
Breakfast is a critical meal for children, stimulating serotonin and regulating blood sugar. The wrong breakfast foods, however, can have the opposite effect. Start your child’s day with the following easy breakfast foods, guaranteed for learning success.
High in protein, healthy fat and iron, eggs are a great early am brain booster. Making children eat eggs in the am can be challenging. My favorite secrets include egg pancakes, quiche, breakfast quesadillas with eggs and cheese or scrambled eggs with every child’s favorite; ketchup.
Another superfood, yogurt contains probiotics for good digestive support and up to 10 grams of protein. Choose plain yogurt and let your kids flavor it with a cereal of their choice, nuts, granola and honey. This is easy to carry in the car and should keep your child full until lunch. Watch for excessive sugar in cereals or in flavored yogurt.
Pressed for time? Almond butter is an easy protein source. Simply spread 1 tbsp on an english muffin or toast, add your child’s favorite fruit and presto- an easy, portable breakfast for learning success.
Most children eat lunch in school, but some parents do find themselves packing lunches or snacks for the busy school day. Remember, energy for children drops at 12 nn and again at 2 pm. Send your child to school well prepared. Here are some quick and easy suggestions.
The perfect pairing, carrots are high in Vitamin A, while hummus provides an easy protein source.
Higher protein than its sister grains, make the perfect quinoa salad by adding salt, oregano, pepper and any veggies that your child will eat to this mix. For added protein, tofu, tempeh or any meat can be added in as well. If your child cannot stand the taste of quinoa, consider substituting with wild rice instead. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and your child now has a high protein, high fiber lunch with an extra dose of healthy fat.
The Dream Sandwich
Nothing beats the easy staple; sandwiches. Build a better sandwich by trading up your bread for a whole grain, high fiber bread. Use nut butters or grilled meats, unprocessed cheese or or organic deli meat to vary the types of sandwiches. Add avocados, kale, spinach or romaine lettuce for added greens. For that extra punch, place on a panini press and send off to school.
Finally, if your child is in sports or after school activities, remember to send easy to carry snacks so that the snack machines don’t look that attractive. Fruits, nuts, protein bars or smoothies are better alternatives.
Boost your child’s learning with the right nutrition and back to school foods. Follow my blog weekly for more back to school tips and recipes.
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