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Child Care: Brain Boosting Foods for Your Toddler or Preschooler

Posted on 01-27-2015

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Your child’s developing brain is reliant on a number of different factors. There is one thing that childcare professionals all agree on and it is that toddler and preschooler brain development is dependent on the types of food your child eats. We will examine some of the foods you should be feeding your child in order to ensure a healthy brain.

Fish

The human body needs to acquire fatty acids through diet. Look for oily fish species such as salmon, herring, trout, sardines, and pilchards as outstanding sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are not only responsible for nurturing your child’s young brain, but they also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s later on in life.

Apples and plums

Apples and plums are the ideal finger food for your child’s developing brain. They are easy to serve and most preschoolers and toddlers love their taste. Apples and plums both contain an antioxidant known as quercetin, which is believed to help fight against cognitive decline.

Wholegrain

Your child’s brain works incredibly hard throughout the day, and just like every other organ in the body, it requires fuel. This fuel generally comes in the form of glucose from our bloodstream. Pack your child a low glycemic index (GI) sandwich for lunch as low-GI breads slowly release glucose into the bloodstream helping keep the brain fuelled longer periods. Parents should also make use of brown pasta, whole grain cereal as well as wheat bran whenever possible.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville, Georgia, invites prospective preschool parents to visit our state-of-the-art facility, meet our professional staff and ask questions specific to your preschool needs. Contact us today

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