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Five healthy foods for brain development in a North Cobb preschool child

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Good nutrition is important for every child, especially during the preschool years when your child’s brain is undergoing exceptional growth and change. The right nutrients will help provide the brain with fuel, as well as nutrients that actively assist in development and learning. Five of the best brain-boosting foods are:

  1. Eggs

Rich in choline, a nutrient that assists brain and memory development, eggs are the perfect start to your child’s day. Scrambled eggs mixed with vegetables or mixed with a little cheese in a whole-wheat wrap are great ways to serve this super-food.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

There are numerous antioxidants in fresh fruit and vegetables like beans, berries, tomatoes, oranges and apples. These nutrients help protect the brain from wear and tear, keeping it healthy. Fruit smoothies and chunky vegetables with a delicious dipping sauce are great ways to incorporate these foods into your child’s diet. If your child is a picky eater, try adding blended vegetables to pasta sauces.

Avocado, nuts and oily fish

Full of essential fatty acids, these foods help boost cognitive function as well as eye development. Thin slices of avocado on a tuna sandwich or a pizza are a great option, as is steamed salmon. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed into smoothies or yogurt.

Red meat, spinach and whole grains

These foods all have healthy quantities of iron in them, a nutrient that is key to mental alertness and stable energy levels. Whole-wheat pasta, organic trail mix and lean beef meatballs are tasty options that help include essential iron in your child’s diet.

Complex carbohydrates

Found in whole-grain cereals, breads and certain snacks, this food is rich in folate and B vitamins to provide your child with the constant, stable energy needed for concentrated learning and recall. Unsweetened oatmeal for breakfast topped with tasty berries or switching to whole-wheat bread for sandwiches are easy ways to include this essential food.

If you are looking for a great place to find organic, non-GMO foods that your child will love, visit Cobb Harry’s on Powers Ferry Road. You will find a wide selection of locally produced brain boosting foods packed with flavor.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb, we offer the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum, designed to boost your child’s brain through fun, targeted developmental activities. By ensuring that your child gets the right stimulation at the right time, our program helps him build a solid foundation for future learning and achievement. For more information on our preschool curriculum or our state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.

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