The brain needs of your child four main things work and grow. One of these things is food, but not every food will. The brain needs large amounts of certain nutrients. While it can be overwhelming to research the exact nutritional needs of your child, it is even more difficult to plan a perfect diet that not only meets all your needs but actually fulfills them. Getting a good breakfast does not have to be complicated.
September is the better breakfast month and I would like to introduce you to a few different breakfast ideas that most kids will love. These are also easy to throw together for mothers or children and I will tell you exactly what important nutrients these meals contain so that your child's brain can grow for the day.
The recipe at this link Start your day with a natural diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Instead of trying to force them with fish, you can let kids lather them with some butter and get several brain nutrients in one bite.
Almonds – These muffins are made from almond flour, which contains a high proportion of almonds Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Copper.
Chia-omega 3 (ALA & EPA), manganese, zinc, b1, b2 & b3 and protein
Flax Omega-3 (ALA)
The good news about ALA consumption is that in studies with people who did not consume fish, the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA was much higher than in people who eat fish. This means that the body knows how to get the form we need with the omega-3 fatty acids we consume. ALA has to be eaten, as it is an essential nutrient, but it can also be of great help to provide DHA and EPA to children who hate fish. (ALA, DHA and EPA are all types of omega-3 fatty acids.)
Protein Unlike wheat flour muffins, this pack contains 7 grams of protein per serving.
Cook them as your kids like, fried, stirred, cooked hard, wrapped in omelette or even stuffed between bread to make an egg sandwich. Or try the breakfast rurus for a new twist. Eggs deliver a lot proteinthat the brain needs, and the yolk are a great source for B vitamins, especially cholinewhich improves the neurological function.
Watch out for sugar in this case. Some commercial yogurts contain more sugar per serving than a donut. Yikes! Part of this sugar is natural, from the milk, which is fine, it is the amount of added sugar that you want to avoid. After all, the goal of breakfast is not a sugar boost.
Also, Full fat is best for children who are trying to grow body and brain. Yoghurt also contains the protein needed for the health of the brain. The high number of probiotics in yoghurt can contribute to maintaining gut health. Scientists find that gut and brain health are incredibly interdependent.
I buy natural yoghurt and have my children add honey, fruit or jam. For an additional probiotic boost, make your own yogurt and let it cultivate for 24 hours. But do not feel guilty if you do not have the time or energy to do it yourself. Your children will still receive a portion of goodness from the things bought in the store.
What if you are just on cereal? Maybe your kids hate yogurt, even if you put it in a fruit smoothie and you do not have the time or energy to prepare muffins or eggs. It happens. Sometimes it happens on certain days of the week that just seem to be more difficult. Sometimes it happens for a season, maybe you have a new baby and need to sleep while younger children get up and need something they can feed themselves without supervision. It's okay.
Just think about the type of milk you buy, especially if your family does not eat a lot of fish. You will find milk with DHA and EPA added. These are the omega-3 fats your brain needs to grow. Turning on the milk mark only can cause a small brain burst without you having a nervous breakdown.
This milk will probably cost a bit more, but probably no more than buying omega-3 chewy candies for your kids to add to their diet. (Probably not more than fish.) Somehow you have to include omega 3 in the diet.
Remember, diet is a big problem. You do not always have to feed your kids perfectly. Be aware of what you need and get as much as possible from it. Use breakfast as a time to strengthen your brain for the day, and be prepared to sit and eat with them in a calm manner. An onslaught on the day will not make it any easier.
Marla Szwast lives with her husband and six children in Marietta, Georgia. She has written articles for The old schoolhouse® magazine, She is the author of Stepping Through History: Starting With You !, and a semester-long fifth-grade science course. Both courses are published online on the SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership website. She writes about home education, child development, neuroscience and educational history in her blog at: www.jumpintogenius.comYou can follow her as well Facebook @jumpintogenius, or Twitter @MarlaSzwast, or medium,
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