School is beginning again which means your kiddos are out of the house, making their own choices for what to eat at lunch and snack time. We can only hope that they’ll make healthy decisions we have encouraged them to along the way. What we can do, is be sure to provide them with brain power snacks that will keep them full, be absolutely delicious and full of nutrients that enhance brain function and development.
These brain power snacks have to be easy and fun to eat. They have to look as good as they taste and they have to be as healthy as they are appetizing.
Here are a few of my go to snacks that are good for your child’s brain and heart! They’re also great snacks for you throughout the day so there’s no need to double up on the work or making separate purchases for everyone in the family.
Also, here are some quick breakfast ideas for those busy mornings!
Yogurt provides a great source of vitamin B and proteins that encourages the growth of new brain tissue! Not only is yogurt good for your brain but it’s good for your gut too! It’s loaded with probiotics which welcome healthy bacteria and help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Try mixing some almond butter into plain yogurt with a little honey and you’ve got the perfect yogurt dip for apples or bananas. An easy grab and go treat or after school snack.
These little guys are packed full of omegas and protein! The omega fatty acids in these babies will keep your kiddos nervous systems healthy and functioning well. Not only are nuts easy to pack and cost friendly but they will keep you and your kids fuller, longer.6 Back To School Brain Power Snacks For Kids Click To Tweet
*You can even choose nuts and seeds that are coated in dark chocolate (YUM!) but it is best if it is >70% cocoa. The reason for this is that dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that get blood flowing to the brain and increase memory. (Tip: Here’s a blog article some mamas have created that lists foods to serve your child to Prepare Your Child for Testing and other times of focused work.)
When you bite into your next apple you’ll not only enjoy the taste but also the benefit of increased sensory perception and decreased anxiety. Try cutting thin slices and spreading some PB. Add some semi-sweet chocolate chips and almonds for an added boost!
Blueberries (and other berries) are rich in antioxidants, hence their title “superfood”. Blueberries, specifically, have been linked to improved learning and memory. Like apples, they can also help reduce stress that is harmful to brain growth. So, toss a Tupperware of blueberries in your kiddo’s lunch or make a fun at home snack of frozen blueberry yogurt bites. Simply dip blueberries in your favorite yogurt, place on a cookie sheet with wax paper and freeze and you’ve got the perfect frozen after school treat.
Oatmeal is a great source of brain food. “Feeding” your brain a low glycemic makes it even better. Foods with a starch that is high in fiber and has a low glycemic index give your body a slow rise in blood sugar instead of a sugar rush and crash. Choose oatmeal for breakfast or a low sugar granola for a snack. Enjoy granola for breakfast or over some yogurt or by the handful for snacks. (You should also try these Autumn Apple oat bars for a snack that tastes like just like an apple pie. What kid could deny that!?)
Chickpeas may not be the first thing you think of at snack time but don’t be so quick to write them off. Chickpeas are one of the best sources of magnesium which is so important for brain growth. Magnesium helps speed up messages traveling to brain cells, and promotes more blood flow to your brain. Chickpeas are a snack that will prime your child’s brain to be ready for learning!
My favorite way to serve chickpeas to my kids is by making crunchy, spiced chickpeas. If you’re in a crunch for time, Trader Joe’s and many grocery stores sell them already made and seasoned to tasty perfection.
With these recipes you’ve got easy ways to provide healthy and delicious brain power snacks that your kids are bound to love. So, set them up for success as they head back to school and try something new!