Has your little one's performance at school been slipping? Are they lacking the energy to get through the school day or complete homework? It could have something to do with your child’s diet. Here are our top tips for getting your children back on track during the school week.
Food is the fuel that our bodies use to function, think, play, and work. Children who eat well perform better in school because they are able to concentrate and learn both during school hours as well as at home. We’ve put together a list of some of the best foods to help your child perform at their best.
Eggs are great source of protein, which can help to keep your child fuller longer. Make sure that your child eats the entire egg, not just the white, as most of the nutrition is found in the yolk. Serve eggs for breakfast in the form of Omelette Fingers or Cinnamon French Toast. Both are great to pack for lunch in our Mummy Cooks Food Flask!
Rich in antioxidants,, berries are a fantastic way to boost your child’s brain function. They provide a source of slow-acting carbohydrate as well as fibre that will keep your child fuelled and full of energy throughout the school day. We love putting frozen berries in smoothies in the morning. Or pack some Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries in a 7-8 Month Weaning Pot for a snack at school. They are fun to make with your little ones which will encourage them to try them afterwards!
Beans and lentils are full of healthy carbohydrates and protein for a great energy kick. High in protein and fibre, beans and lentils help to stabilize your child’s blood sugar levels and sustain their focus and concentration throughout the day. Our crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a delicious snack, perfect for a fueling break time treat!
High in soluble fibre to keep your child fuller longer, oats are also a source of B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Potassium and Zinc which help their bodies and brains function well. Oat Muffins are great for a quick breakfast on the go. Our healthy Granola Bars are delicious in their lunch boxes too!
While incorporating more of these foods into your kid's diet will help them to concentrate a little more in school, it is imperative that everything they eat is healthy and balanced. Avoid offering too many snacks throughout the day, but don't be afraid to pack a healthy treat once in a while like these Banana and Berry Muffins or some Pancakes for a lunch time treat they will love you for.
If you find it hard to get your child to eat fruit, check our advice on How to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruit and Vegetables.
Eating whole foods and a colourful, varied plate will boost their brain function so don't be afraid to change it up and try new things with them. A great way of ensuring you are changing up your plate every few weeks is to ensure you are eating what is in season. Check out our handy printable Seasonal Fruit and Veg PDF to help you stay on track!