Math tests, history homework, and the dreaded SATs — with the school season in full gear, it’s important that our kids’ brains are firing on all cylinders so that they can succeed at all of their academic challenges. While making sure they’re well rested, driving them to their tutors, and forcing them to get their homework done before dinner may be some of your best-kept strategies before, you might be surprised to learn that the kitchen is another place you can be improving your child’s academic prowess.
Delicious, all-natural foods not only boost your child’s immune system and help them stay strong and healthy, but they can also fuel the brain and help them make the honor roll at school. Nutrients such as vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids, and folic acid are imperative for cognitive health, and there are many foods that your child likes to eat that are rich in them.
For the past 30 years, optimal health has been a high priority for Earthbound Farm, which supplies the country with fresh and organic produce that will fuel bodies and brains. Because the back-to-school season and children’s health are as important to the people at Earthbound as they are to the editors at The Daily Meal, they introduced us to nationally recognized nutrition expert and mother of two, Frances Largeman-Roth. With her book Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family due out early next year, Largeman-Roth is well-versed in what kinds of foods your children should be eating, especially ones that improve optimal function at school.
From fruits and vegetables to protein, Largeman-Roth provided us with 10 brain-boosting foods that are essential to your child’s back-to-school diet. Whether it’s incorporating more blueberries at breakfast, a kale salad for lunch, or — believe it or not — some extra chocolate for dessert, Largeman-Roth has easy and convenient suggestions that you can incorporate into your child’s diet so that they can be an A+ student this year.