KUSA - Breakfast is an important meal for kids going back to school. And it's also important to choose foods that help your child in class throughout the day.
Natural Grocers Nutritional Health Coach Lani Banner was in the 9NEWS studio Sunday morning to talk about foods that may help kids and their performance in school.
She recommends the following foods:
- Eggs - The yolk contains a fatty substance called choline which helps brain cells communicate with each other. Quality is important, Banner stresses.
- Wild caught salmon - It contains omega-3 fats EPA and DHA which support production of healthy mood chemicals in the brain. If kids like tuna, you can try replacing the tuna with salmon, or if they just won't eat fish, they can take a fish oil supplement.
- Coconut milk - Outside of mother's milk, coconut is the richest natural source of MCTs (Medium-chain triglycerides) which support healthy energy production in the brain. The brain needs a lot of energy to do its job.
- Avocado - With healthy fats and the mineral magnesium, avocados help to settle down the nervous system.
- Blueberries - Antioxidants in blueberries support memory and cognition. Banner says freezing does not destroy the antioxidants so you can combine frozen blueberries, avocado and coconut milk together to make a healthy brain-smart smoothie.
For more information about the foods and to see about the consultation sessions offered, visit http://www.naturalgrocers.com/