It’s that time of year again. School is going back and it’s time to get back into the habit of packing lunches, but when we pack our kid’s lunches, we are not just feeding our kid’s tummies, we are feeding their brains. There are certain foods that increase your kid’s attention and focus during the school day.
So here at the yummy club, we have some suggestions for you that will help your kids focus at school.
Fibre and Wholegrains
Fibre and wholegrains slow down the rate at which our bodies absorb sugar from our bloodstreams. By eating these foods your kids is less likely to experience a spike in blood sugar levels. With more stable energy levels, your kids will be able to focus for longer. Kid-friendly foods high in fibre and wholegrains include: avocado, hummus, almonds,* bananas, and fruit (making sure you keep the skin on) such as apples and kiwi fruit.
When we consume protein, we feel fuller for longer which stables our energy levels. When our energy levels are stable, we are able to focus longer. Kid-friendly protein options include hard boiled eggs, nuts,* hummus, cheese, milk, and yogurt.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids improve brain function. With improved brain function, cognitive behaviour will improve. Some kid-friendly foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include: avocado, tuna, almonds,* walnuts,* and pumpkin seeds.
When we eat crunchy foods, our jaw muscles have to work extra hard to break them down, compared to soft palate foods. This creates sensory inputs that help increase our ability to focus and improve our attention. Kid-friendly foods include: nuts,* carrots, broccoli, and apples.
*When giving your kids nuts be vigilant about avoiding nut allergies
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.