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Foods To Help The Kids Focus

Foods To Help The Kids Focus
Kids will always be kids. They will never understand what is fast food? and how it affects their health? They will stay busy with their schools and play times but they would never take care of what they are eating and what is healthy for them. If you have children, you would understand the importance of healthy food for kids that would help them focus on whatever they do; be it studies or games. Food for kids is as important as it is for the adults, but since they are small in age and they have developing bodies, they need it the most for succeeding in their life. If your kid is not eating healthy food, he would not be able to give his 100% in all the fields. You can help your kids in staying healthy and stay focused by taking care of their diet. Remember to add the following items in the diet of your kids:

Whole Grains And Fiber

Whole grains and fiber slows down the sugar from speeding into the bloodstream. When the kids eat whole grains or fiber in their lunch or snacks, they are unlikely to experience the spike in their blood sugar levels. More stable levels of energy equals to better potential for focusing. Some of the kid-friendly foods with whole grains and/or fiber include:
  • Plain popcorn
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Hummus
  • Bananas
  • Almonds
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Endamame
  • Fruits with skin
  • Oatmeal-based products (avoid the products with added sugar)
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Berries (especially blackberries)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

It contributes to the cognitive behavior and brain function. It is very important for everyone, especially for the kids. The rich sources of Omega-3 fats are:
  • Avocado
  • Seafood (anchovies, mackerel, herring, oysters, sardines, tuna and wild salmon)
  • Olive oil (extra virgin)
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Eggs
  • Hempseed oil

Chewy And Crunchy Foods

Though it is a common knowledge among the pediatric occupational therapists but not much is known about this fact to a lot of us. Chewy and crunchy foods provide ‘heavy’ input to jaws as the muscles have to work well for breaking them down. This type of the sensory input actually helps in increasing the attention and focus. You can try and give your kids the following items:
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Pretzel rods/Pretzels
  • Cheese
  • Granola bars
  • Nuts
  • Corn nuts
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Snap peas
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Fruit leather
  • Apples
  • Dry cereal

Unprocessed Foods

Giving unprocessed foods to the kids will help in reducing the amount of high fructose corn syrup and trans fat that they eat throughout the day. This way the kids would be eating fresh foods and so their level of energy would stay balanced. Since processed foods are altered from their natural state, they are unhealthy for the developing bodies of children. A well balanced body is more likely to focus on the activities.

Drinks And Food That Require Sucking With Straws

Such foods and drinks help the kids increase their attention and get more focused. This is yet another technique that the pediatric occupational therapists apply on the patients. Sucking through straws can actually be a focusing activity. Try to send the following items to school with your kids:
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Pop-up water bottles
  • Milk packets with straws

High Protein Foods

Getting enough amount of protein is essential for everyone, especially for the kids health. Protein contributes to extremely stable energy levels that directly help the kids in paying better attention and staying focused. There are various sources of protein but since children are often very choosy, they might not like to eat everything. Make sure that you include kid-friendly proteins in the lunch box of your child. You can try to add the following kid-approved proteins in their diets:
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
Prepare a healthy and an appealing lunch box for your kids as you only know what is best for your children and for their ability to focus well.