ABCs of eating for smart kids

Our alphabetical listing of brain-boosting superfoods that your kids — and you! — will need.

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vocados are loaded with vitamins and contain monounsaturated fats, which contribute to great blood flow — what a healthy brain requires!

Breastmilk — the most natural, ideal food for babies — is packed with excellent nutrients. In fact, several studies show that breastfed babies are brainier and nursing your baby for three months or more increases their IQ.

Carbohydrates break down into glucose during digestion, which our brains use for energy. So, consuming carbs at breakfast provides the fuel the brain needs after you’ve fasted all night. Those who eat breakfast remember more, react more quickly and are more creative throughout the day. In fact, research shows that children who eat breakfast do better academically and have fewer behavioural problems than those who skip this important meal. So, why not serve oats with high-energy bananas for breakfast tomorrow?

Dark chocolate is not just delicious, it’s unbelievably good for the brain. Filled with powerful antioxidant properties, it contains several natural stimulants that improve your mini-me’s mood while helping them focus and concentrate. The high content of flavonols facilitates blood supply to the brain and enhances cognitive skills. Even milk chocolate has been known to improve visual and verbal memory. Just remember that’s it’s sugar-packed… Moderation is key.

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Eggs can improve your child’s memory as they are a good source of choline, which helps the brain develop. Whether boiled, poached or scrambled, an egg takes minutes to prepare and is the best fast food around!

Fruits, especially kiwi fruit, oranges and strawberries (any berries, really), are wonderful sources of antioxidants and vitamins for the brain.

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