Healthy Brain Development Foods For Kids

In today’s blog, we take a look at some of the best brain foods for your kids growing minds. Believe it or not, nutrition can play a major role in just how well your kids absorb and retain information at school. So, along with backpacks and notebook paper, stock up on these delicious superfoods and kitchen staples for maximum brain-boosting benefits.

Eggs

Eggs contain Choline, a nutrient that helps in retaining neural pathways to keep memories intact. Did you know that a single egg is enough to supply a kid with a quarter of their choline needs?

Spinach

Spinach contains antioxidants that help rectify the damage caused by free-radicals (toxic by-products produced due to various factors). It is thought that free-radicals damage brain cells and leads to mental decline. Spinach also contains folate that helps in all round brain development

Fish

Fish is the holy grail of brain food due to its vital ingredient of Omega 3 fatty acids. The brain has over 50% of its fat mass based on this, and it is thought that consuming fish helps increase this mass. The power of this is so widely accepted that numerous manufacturers of baby formula often boast of their product containing Omega 3 fatty acids. A study conducted shows that the consumption of fish has a strong bearing on maintaining the brain’s structural integrity.

Berries

Just like spinach, berries too contain anti-oxidants that help stop or even reverse the harmful effects of free-radicals on the brain. Another brain enhancing component found in berries is flavonoids. These make their way to the hippocampus and are known to help improve learning capabilities.

Walnuts

We’re nuts about this brain food! The Omega 3 fatty acids present in walnuts help improve memory as well as reduce inflammations in the brain. If that weren’t enough, it also removes excess protein deposits in the brain which helps in revamping memory power.

Oatmeal

While oats are famous for their powers to aid the digestive system, they haven’t received due credit when it comes to helping the brain. Children who eat oats for breakfast consistently perform better at school as it regulates blood sugar in the body.

Beans

Beans are one of the best foods for children’s brain development. They have a high content of omega fatty acids which help improve memory.

Apples

Apples can help in the production of a chemical called acetylcholine which helps in the transmission of messages between nerves in the brain. The presence of antioxidants is a bonus that helps to reverse any damage done by free radicals to the brain.

Avocados

These exotic fruits are worshiped by health enthusiasts around the world for its high nutritional content. Apart from Vitamin K and potassium, they contain folate which helps in brain development. In fact, pregnant women are advised to have a regular supply of folate in their diet to prevent any neural birth defects in the foetus.

Leave it to the experts…

At Early Days Foods we take pride in providing healthy children’s meals for nursery children throughout the island of Ireland, providing home quality meals. We are a specialised catering service which helps nurseries serve quality meals for their children 52-weeks a year, just like you would at home. Early Days Foods is one of Ireland’s premier Nursery food providers, with an extensive menu.  Your kids can enjoy a healthy range of quality meals just like home without the extensive costs of preparing the food in-house. Our mission is to make mealtimes easy and healthy, one nursery at a time. If you would like to speak to our experts or see how we as a company can help you, please contact us on: ROI: 042 942 4069 / NI: 028 4175 2500 or email: info@early-days-foods-7a5933.ingress-daribow.easywp.com The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your paediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.

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