Back to School with Three Superfoods
It’s August, and a barrage of back-to-school ads are all over the place, reminding us that summer is coming to an end. Kids love back to school shopping: shiny new shoes, clean bright erasers and unchewed pencils. But don’t forget the grocery aisle – your choices about what you serve for dinner and what goes in your child’s lunchbox will make a big impact on their energy and readiness to learn. Include these foods for supercharged students:
Dairy Foods: Milk, yogurt and cheese are packed with protein and nine nutrients essential for the growth of brain tissue and neurotransmitters. A recent study found that adults who consumed more milk and other dairy products scored significantly higher on memory and other cognitive tests than those who drank little to no milk. And dairy is a great source of Vitamin D, a nutrient that has been widely reported as deficient in adults’ and children’s diets.
Eggs: Egg yolks are rich in choline, a nutrient critical for children’s brain development. Whether you scramble eggs at breakfast, cook them in a frittata for an easy dinner, or offer a hard-boiled egg for a snack, serve eggs to your kids regularly!
Salmon: Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, essential for brain growth and function. Studies show that children who have increased amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet perform better in reading and spelling and have fewer behavioral problems. Try this kid-friendly recipe for Baked Salmon Sticks with Creamy Yogurt Dip.
For more family-friendly, nutritious recipes, check out our Pinterest board titled MI Kids’ Favorites. And have a great first day of school!