During the developmental stages, children need an abundant amount of nutrients. While supplements are beneficial, the nutrients they receive from the foods they eat are the easiest for the body to break down and utilize.
1. Apples/plums – Known for the abundance of quercetin, apples and plums are ideal for a quick pick me up.
2. Berries – Bright, colorful berries are full of antioxidants and other vitamins that are needed for proper brain function.
3. Lean or Clean Meats – Meats that are marbled with fats and gristle are also heavy with toxins. Antibiotics and pesticides collect in fat deposits.
4. Cauliflower – Vitamin B6, folate, and fiber are found in cauliflower in large amounts.
5. Eggs – Eggs are high in protein, lutein, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids that can help a child concentrate.
6. Greens – Greens help to detoxify the brain and improve overall brain function.
7. Nuts/Seeds/Nut butters – Full of essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Nuts and seeds, are excellent for brain development.
8. Oatmeal – Oatmeal’s high fiber and protein content encourages blood flow to the brain.
9. Yogurt – Full fat yogurts give the brain what it needs to develop properly. The brain must have a certain amount of fat if it is to function efficiently.
10. Salmon – Salmon has omega 3 fatty acids, high levels of protein, and an abundance of minerals that boost brain function.
Contributed by Barb Hazenveld, Adapted from: Dorothy Hastings