Whether it’s your favourite time of year or your family’s got the back-to-school blues, planning well always gets you off to a good start – especially when it comes to food.
As you get your children ready to go back to school you may ask – Does eating well help children learn better at school? The answer is yes! By following a few simple tips, children will be eating their way to a love of learning, better test scores, improved attention in class and a more positive school experience.
Sound nutrition for developing minds
- Breakfast of champions – We’ve heard it before but it’s true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Children learn better when they eat breakfast – they read better, solve math problems quicker and have a higher attention span to complete tasks and succeed on tests. Our brain power improves when we have energy from food. Breakfast should include at least three of the four food groups. Complex carbohydrates and protein are great choices. A breakfast of champions could be oatmeal, milk and fruit or whole grain bread with a cheese slice, an egg or nut butter, a fruit smoothie and a homemade banana muffin.
- Balance is best – A healthy diet that includes a variety of foods that follow Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy eating is very important. Children are growing, so their bodies and brains need a variety of nutrients. Eating whole grains, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and meats and alternatives every day will help children grow, and keep them energized and focused in the classroom.
- Snack attack – Children love to snack. It is important to keep children eating every few hours so their bodies and brains have a constant supply of energy and fuel. Good choices include fruit, vegetables, hummus, milk, yogurt and homemade muffins and cookies. Planning a healthy after-school snack will keep your kids energized for their after-school programs and homework.
- Brain Power – Research has proven that certain foods help brain function and memory. Studies suggest foods rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids improve children’s learning. Bright coloured fruits such as berries, as well as fatty fish such as salmon are great choices. Kids love blueberry smoothies after school, and salmon kabobs are a fun-to-eat dinner.
- The Sugar High – Avoid high-sugar foods during the day, especially at breakfast. Within a few hours of eating sugary foods, children become tired and learning becomes challenging. Avoid high-sugar breakfast cereals, white waffles and snacks like high-sugar granola bars and Gummies.
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