I have always wondered how my kids whiz from classroom activity to home and back again, their brains are just as actively and dramatically growing and changing. “The childhood years are critical for brain development, and what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills,”. So I understood that food is one of many factors that affect a child’s brain development.
As my search to keep my Kids brain development active and healthy I came across these following 10 foods that helped my kids stay sharp all day long, and affect brain development well into the future.
Eating a high-nutrient protein like eggs (which have nutrients including choline, omega-3s, zinc,
and lutein) will help kids to concentrate.
How to Serve It: Fold scrambled eggs into a whole-grain tortilla for a filling breakfast or lateafternoon snack. The protein-carb combo tides kids over until the next meal with no sugarinduced energy crash,
2. Greek Yogurt
Fat is important to brain health. A full-fat Greek yogurt (which has more protein that other
yogurts) can help keep brain cell membranes flexible, helping them to send and receive
How to Serve It: Pack Greek yogurt in lunch with some fun mix-ins: cereal with at least 3 grams
of fiber and blueberries for a dose of nutrients called polyphenols.
Or add a few dark chocolate chips. Polyphenols in cocoa are thought to keep the mind sharp by
hiking brain blood flow.
Full of folate and vitamins, spinach and kale are part of a healthy diet linked to lower odds of
getting dementia later in life. Kale (Broccoli) and cabbage contains sulforaphane, a molecule that
has detoxifying abilities, and diindolylmethane, which helps new brain cells grow.
How to Serve It:
• Whip spinach into smoothies for snack time.
• Add it to omelets.
• Saute it at dinner drizzled with olive oil (the dash of fat helps your body absorb
Make chips out of kale: Cut kale from stems/ribs, drizzle with olive oil and a bit of salt, and
4. Purple Cauliflower/Cauliflower
Low in sugar, high in fiber, and full of folate and B6 that help regulate mood, memory, and
attention, purple cauliflower also delivers inflammation-fighting nutrients called anthocyanins.
How to Serve It: Roast and puree cauliflower to make a nutritious dipping sauce for carrots and
other veggies such as peppers, celery, and radishes.
Or make a tasty dish out of it.
Naturally fatty fish are a good source of vitamin D and omega-3s, which protect the brain against
cognitive decline and memory loss. Salmon, tuna, and sardines are all rich in omega-3s.
The more omega-3s we can get to the brain, the better it will function and the better kids will be
able to focus.
How to Serve It: Grill it, roast it, or add it to a salad or sandwich.
6. “Clean” Meat
Animal fat is where pesticides and antibiotics are stored. A high toxic load can contribute to
brain fog. For better behavior and focus, choose meats (and other foods) that are free of artificial
ingredients, dyes, flavoring, preservatives, and sweeteners.
How to Serve It: make a yummy roast or a curry to go with chappathi or idli/dosa
7. Nuts and Seeds
Packed with protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals, nuts and seeds may boost
mood and keep your nervous system happy.
How to Serve It: Spread sunflower seed butter — rich in folate, vitamin E, and selenium — on a
whole-grain cracker or bread. Or make pesto: Nuts combined with olive oil and dark leafy greens
make a healthful sauce for whole-grain pasta.
Protein- and fiber-rich oatmeal helps keep heart and brain arteries clear. In one study, kids who
ate sweetened oatmeal did better on memory-related academic tasks than those who ate a sugary
How to Serve It: Add cinnamon. Compounds in the spice may protect brain cells, preliminary
9. Apples and Plums
Kids often crave sweets, especially when they’re feeling sluggish. Apples and plums are
lunchbox-friendly and contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may fight cognitive decline,
according to lab studies.
How to Serve It: The good stuff is often in the skin of fruit, so buy organic and wash well.
The curcumin in turmeric can actually make the brain grow. He says studies show curcumin
fights inflammation and blocks Alzheimer’s plaque formation.
How to Serve It: Visit an Indian restaurant or experiment with Indian recipes. Even if your child
just eats the puri (fried bread), they’ll likely get some curcumin benefits and be primed to be
more adventurous eaters.
Thus I was able to keep them healthy both physicaly and mentally and I assure you that it will surely help your kids.