14 Sep School Performance and Healthy Diet
We know that food is directly related to our health. Athletes eat to win, bodybuilders eat to gain muscle, normal people eat to stay healthy. But have you ever considered that children need to eat to learn effectively? They most certainly do.
Studies have shown that children perform better when consistently consuming a healthy diet. They are able to better concentrate and often feel less tired as the day waxes on.
Despite this fact, many popular children’s foods are packed with trans fats and sugars. Children immediately get a burst of energy from these foods, only to crash within a short period of time. The results often include hyperness after lunch and napping before the school day is over, which isn’t exactly beneficial to learning.
We understand that many schools have implemented a new and healthier lunch system so their students can stay full and focused throughout the day, but what can you do at home to give them lasting brain power throughout the day? We have a few tips.
-Make sure they eat breakfast. Your brain cannot function without enough calories. Start the day with fruits, proteins, and whole grains, like an omelet with whole grain toast and fruit or oatmeal. Avoid sugary cereals.
-Send lunch with them. Be sure to include brain foods like whole grains, turkey, cheese, nuts, tuna, veggies, peanut butter and fruits.
-If kids need snacks after school, try some of these healthy options.
-Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated is an essential part of a healthy diet. Be sure your child is drinking six to eight cups of water per day.
-Be sure your children get a full eight hours of sleep every night to prepare them for the next day.
We know that having kids is hectic, but ensuring they are reaching their fullest potential in school is worth the extra effort. If you have questions, call Cory at 662-282-4949.