Top 6 Foods that Boost Brain Development for Preschoolers

April 30, 2019

Good nutrition is as important for children as it is for adults. Feeding your preschooler with the right food can help them grow healthy. Not only will proper nutrition help their physical growth, but it will also boost their brain development. It influences their attention span and plays a major role in whether a child is at risk for certain diseases. Learn about the different foods that boost brain development.

What are the foods that boost brain development?

Be sure your little one gets all the nutrition they need to grow physically, cognitively and socially. Raise healthy and smart kids by serving them these foods that boost brain development.

Salmon

Salmon and other fatty fishes are excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA which play a significant role in brain development and function. Research has also shown that people who include these foods in their diet are known to have better mental skills and sharper minds. Tuna is also a good source of Omega 3, but its Omega 3 content is not as high as that of salmon.

So how do you make sure your little one eats salmon? You can make salmon sandwiches instead of tuna. Use whole grain bread because it is also excellent brain food. You can also add salmon to soups or make salmon patties for a healthier twist to your typical burger.

Eggs

Eggs contain nutrients and protein that boost a child’s concentration. Feeding young kids eggs shouldn’t have to be a problem. There are plenty of ways parents can incorporate eggs into a child’s diet. You can make tasty scrambled eggs for their breakfast or make egg sandwiches for afternoon snacks. They can also be served as appetizers by adding them to your Caesar salad or make some deviled eggs.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a great source of Vitamin B as well as protein. These nutrients help boost the function and development of brain tissue. They also play an important role in keeping the brain cells healthy so they can properly send and receive information. You can include yogurt when packing your child’s lunch and make it even more exciting by adding some fruits, like apples and blueberries.

Green, leafy vegetables

Greens are some of the foods that young kids hate the most but are an important part of one’s diet. Green leafy veggies such as kale and spinach are rich in vitamins. They are packed with antioxidants that reduce the risk of dementia later in life. They also boost the growth of new brain cells. While greens are very healthy, parents find it challenging to make their kids eat them. But don’t worry, you can explore exciting ideas to feed your child without getting into a fight.

For example, you can add them when you make lasagna or omelets. You can also incorporate them into wraps and rolls. There are plenty of recipes with green veggies! Feel free to think out of the box and get creative!

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as essential fatty acids. They can help boost one’s mood and keep the nervous system functioning. It’s easy to add nuts and seeds to your kid’s diet.

You can make them a peanut butter sandwich or make sunflower seed butter which you can spread on whole grain bread. Also, feel free to add a twist to the old favorite. Use fruits such as apples to dip in peanut butter or spread on a banana.

Oatmeal

Oats not only provide children with the energy they need for the day. They are also excellent sources of brain nutrients such as B vitamins, Vitamin E, zinc and potassium. If your child finds oatmeal boring, you can make it more appealing by topping it with their favorite fruits or almonds. Oats are also perfect for some baked goodies. You can throw them into muffins or granola bars.

Incorporating nutritious foods into your child’s diet early can benefit them in many different ways. Not only will it help them become physically strong but it will also contribute to their mental, social and emotional health. Be sure these foods are part of your kid’s diet. They need the nutrients these foods contain in their growth and development.


Here at Imagine Nation Learning Center, each child’s holistic development is our priority. Make sure to send your child to a school that puts their best interests first. Feel free to give us a call for more information.

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