Kick start your childrens health this September with our top 5 superfoods for back to school. Boost energy levels, concentration, focus and overall health with the right foods to help fuel your little ones through the day.
EGGS - One of the best complete foods around that provide the body with protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Eggs are an excellent source of choline which helps with energy and metabolism, nerve function and muscle movements. An ideal source of long sustained energy to start the day off right.
HEALTHY SWAP: Cereals + Fruit Juices can have up to 50g of sugar, not the best way to start the day. Swap to healthy pancakes to help give your children protein, essential fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals to start their day. What kid doesn't like pancakes? (Mix 2 eggs with 250g of ground almonds, 120ml of water and a pinch of cinnamon - cook in batches and serve with fresh berries, sliced banana and a drizzle of yogurt & maple syrup * makes around 8-10 pancakes)
BLUEBERRIES - These antioxidant rich berries pack an amazing punch. They help to boost brain function, support heart health and reduce the risk of diabetes. Adding a variety of brightly coloured fruits is a perfect addition to any breakfast. Add them to a bowl of soaked oats with unsweetened coconut milk, serve as a snack with lunch, or mix into a healthy balanced smoothie. Give your kids the colours of the rainbow for the most health benefits.
OATS - Research has shown that kids who start their day with fibre rich whole grains are able to concentrate and focus better at school. Oats are rich in B vitamins which help boost energy levels, protein which provide the building blocks for all processes in the body and fibre to help keep your kids feeling energised for longer and better able to concentrate in the classroom.
CHIA/FLAXSEEDS - Are you kids getting enough essential fatty acids? Omega 3 is one of the most important EFAs that most of us are not getting enough of. Chia seeds and flaxseeds can be ground up and added to oats, salads, soups or smoothies and provide the body with anti-inflammatory fats. Omega 3s are important for: cognitive (brain and memory) function and behavoural function to help those little ones thrive during the day.
WATER - So important for our overall health and vitality. Water helps carry important nutrients through the blood to our cells, helps to remove waste products from organs and cells, helps to control body temperature and is required for every cell in the body to function properly. Drinking filtered water first thing in the morning is a great habit to get into rather then focusing on fruit juices which can contain up to 28g of sugar. Water can also be found in fresh vegetables and fruits. Another great option is coconut water or birch tree water if your kids prefer a bit of flavour to their water.
Debbie Vanderboom is a Nutritional Advisor, Natural Juice Therapist and foodie who loves using fresh, wholesome food to nourish the body. Educating her clients on the importance of choosing healthy foods on a daily basis is her focus. She provides her clients with recipes, resources and meal plans to help develop healthy eating habits for life.