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The brain is a splendid masterpiece! Incorporating nutrient-rich, brain-boosting foods into your homeschool can help your scholar reach optimal levels of learning–and it does not have to be a chore. The 9 superfoods below are easy ways to give your scholar a healthy boost. And these foods are kid-tested and busy home educator-approved.
“You gotta nourish to flourish.”
As a homeschool mom, I know how difficult it can be to ensure that kiddos eat the most nutritious foods each day. But even during the busiest days, your can still give your family superfoods that are jam-packed with the nutrients your scholars need most.
What is a superfood?
Simply put, superfoods are the superheroes of food. These incredible foods are nutrient-rich, value-adding powerhouses that support our body’s star player–our brain.
What effect does food have on the brain?
The brain is an extraordinary hard-worker that controls all of our bodily functions. But that takes a lot of energy! Healthy foods are the brain’s fuel–replenishing the energy and nutrients needed to work at its optimal level.
I have very little time to cook/my family is very picky. Can I still give my family superfoods?
Absolutely. The foods on the list below are great without any special preparation. In fact, a lot of them are at optimal nutritional state uncooked. Even the pickiest eater will eat at least one of the foods on the list without a fuss. And, there are many ways to “sneak” these superfoods into a daily diet.
Here are 9 Homeschool Superfoods to Give Your Scholar a Healthy Boost!
Did you know that an avocado is a fruit? Avocados have tons of vitamins (the Bs-1,2,3,5,6; C, E, K, folate, potassium, iron, and magnesium). They are the “good fats” (unsaturated) that help the brain grow and thrive. Avocados also help with memory and eyesight.
Sweet potatoes are not just for holiday meals. These gorgeous root veggies contain Vitamins A and C–the antioxidants (protect cells from damage). Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory powers, provide sweetness (without the bad stuff), and help with memory and vision.
Fiber, Vitamins (C, K, Manganese), and antioxidants (flavonoids) are why blueberries shine. Blueberries can help with concentration and memory. Also, these tiny blue gems are full of water…can we say yummy and hydrating?
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant skills. The smell of cinnamon can affect attention and memory, two essential must-haves in homeschool.
Dark chocolate contains fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, or various other vitamins. It also has “good fats” and antioxidants. Just make sure you get the good stuff (70% or higher cocoa) and try to eat moderately.
Eggs are excellent sources of protein. Muscles need protein, and our ultimate muscle is our brain. Eggs contain B12 and choline, both vitamins that play a role in memory and learning. An added benefit–eggs can help with mood regulation (you are welcome in advance parents of tweens and teens).
This orangish-golden spice is a brain-boosting jewel. This spice, commonly used in Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian dishes, has super anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities. Tumeric can be helpful in memory and brain protection while aging.
Drinking tea can aid in mood regulation, focus, memory, stress reduction, and brain stimulation. Various teas can be helpful, including green, white, peppermint, and purple.
Oh, the vitamins and nutrients found in bananas. Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. These superfoods help the heart work well and are concentration and mood superstars.
“My homeschool may not look like your homeschool, but one thing we have in common is that we want to give our kids the best possible shot at being a successful humans. We can start by making sure our kids eat well! –Alfrea Riley Moore
Providing nutrient-rich superfoods to your scholar does not have to be a chore. There are many creative ways to incorporate these foods into your homeschool day. Allow your scholar to experiment with different foods and flavors. Create colorful plates that your scholar can graze on while working, and “sneaking in” nutrients are ways to ensure that your scholar’s body and brain are getting the healthy boost needed to be astounding.
Here’s a question for you… Do you serve your scholar superfoods? What are some recipes that you have introduced in your homeschool to give your scholar a brain boost?
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