Why is Food Important?
Childhood is arguably the most important developmental time in our lives, where brains cells and neurological pathways are rapidly expanding and connecting. There’s no more crucial period to establish healthy, happy learning patterns for you and your kids.
There are infinite ways to feed your child’s education, creativity, imagination–one of the most important being food and diet!
A diverse diet of nutrient rich foods has been proven to boost learning capacity and behavior.
Cubic Frog® believes whole-heartedly that what we feed our children directly affects their ability to learn. In our educational app Preschool EduKitchen, we introduce healthy food and cooking habits in a colorful, kid-friendly way. But we don’t stop with the screen, here’s a list of some of the most recommended healthy foods for kids finds.
Cubic Frog® Healthy Foods for Kids Grocery List:
Eggs: High-nutrient proteins like eggs (which have nutrients including choline, omega-3s, zinc, and lutein) will help kids concentrate.
Greek Yogurt: Fat is essential to brain health. A full-fat Greek yogurt (which has more protein than other yogurts) keeps brain cell membranes flexible, helping them to send and receive information.
Greens: Full of folate and vitamins, spinach and kale are part of a healthy diet that’s also linked to lower odds of getting dementia later in life.
Purple Cauliflower: Low in sugar, high in fiber, and full of folate and B6 that help regulate mood, memory, and attention, purple cauliflower also delivers inflammation-fighting nutrients called anthocyanins.
Fish: Naturally fatty, fish are a good source of vitamin D and omega-3s, which protect the brain against cognitive decline and memory loss. Salmon, tuna, and sardines are all rich in omega-3s.
Nuts and Seeds: Tiny packets of protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals, nuts and seeds can boost mood.
Oatmeal: Protein and fiber-rich oatmeal helps keep heart and brain arteries clear. A great alternative to cereal; kids who ate sweetened oatmeal did better on memory-related academic tasks than those who ate a sugary cereal.
Apples, Plums, Blueberries: These fruits satiate a sweet tooth and contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may fight cognitive decline, according to lab studies.
Turmeric: Studies show curcumin in Turmeric fights inflammation and blocks Alzheimer’s plaque formation.
Avocado: A little fruit with big amounts of good fat to fight heart disease and can ever boost nutrients from other vegetables. The oils in avocados are also great for skin moisture and health.
Kidney Beans: Studies show this bean may benefit asthmatics, boost memory, with a high fiber content that helps to prevent diabetes, obesity and heart disease and is a good protein source for vegetarians.
Broccoli: A Natural ability to kill bad bacteria, broccoli can prevents stomach problems and irritation. Sulforaphane, the naturally occurring antioxidant in this power plant protects eyes and skin from sunlight, and can prevent blindness.
Brown Rice: This superfood has been show to help with sleep and even ease asthma. Cultured with the highest consumption of brown rice also have the lowest rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Quinoa: With the highest protein content of all grains, it’s a great alternative to meat for vegetarians and is also gluten free.
More Healthy Foods for Kids Resources:
Brain Balance Centers on Healthy Foods for Kids
WebMD on Healthy Foods for Kids