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Do you want smart kids?

 

A healthy and balanced diet is important for the proper physical and mental development of children of all ages. Study finds healthy diet dramatically improves kids' reading, writing and comprehension skills. The study showed that children whose diet was rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grain, fish and unsaturated fats, and low in sugar, did the best in reading tests.

These healthy-eating children also showed the most progress in reading skills between grades one and three, compared to their peers with low-quality diets

Children should learn to make healthy choices for their mini-meals both at home and at school. The biggest problem is to convince them that they should prefer a natural juice than a soft drink, a bowl of cereal with milk rather than a fast food sandwich. Breakfast, main meals, and snacks - especially in school ages - should be rich in nutrients but also delicious for the kids in order to enjoy and eat them pleasantly. For proper development, the child should not miss a meal.

Potential breakfast

The most important meal of the day is breakfast. It helps organism to get the necessary energy to meet the needs of the day. It is necessary for children to be able to have the spiritual clarity that required in school lessons.  

A bowl of cereal with milk is ideal and rich in nutrients. Cereals are a source of vitamins and fiber, and the milk that accompanies them is rich in calcium and vitamins. It is advisable to avoid giving them cocoa cereal, because cocoa prevents the absorption of calcium.

Another good choice is a glass of milk or natural fruit juice and a slice of bread with butter or margarine and honey, which offers the body carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and fiber.

The "snack"

Whatever the age of the child, the "snack" is indispensable, especially if the child is going to school, because it provides an extra energy source. The ideal snack is what comes from our care with pure and quality ingredients. It is natural to prepare it according to our children's preferences, making sure it is both healthy and tasty, so that we will not face its dissatisfaction and consequently its denial.

  •  Soft toast bread with or without crust is easily eaten by children, especially if accompanied by their favorite flavors, which is about the same for all children, namely: yellow cheese, turkey ham or chicken, tuna or egg. In order not to omit vitamins and fiber, add some lettuce leaves or tomato slices - without the spores, so as not to soften the bread.
  • Two fruits (for example, banana and apple) or carrots if they like them, are a light and nutritious snack rich in vitamins, carbohydrates and fiber.
  • From time to time, give them a slice of cake or some biscuits to meet their need for something sweet.

Growing up children, they prefer to buy their snack from the school canteen or en route to school. A bun of Thessaloniki, with a piece of yellow cheese or a boiled egg from home, is a good suggestion. Other accepted options are a sandwich with cheese and ham, donut, spinach pie and rarely a piece of cheese pie.

The precious fruits

Fruits are the ideal choice for the afternoon meal, regardless children's age. Their content of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and fiber make them essential for the proper functioning of the body in all phases of their development. Tell your children to consume large amounts of fruits or drink their fresh juice. Teach your children to drink fresh juices immediately because the long stay of a juice in a glass destroys much of the vitamins due to oxidation.

Give the example

Children adopt our own eating habits and follow them all their lives. Children absorb the knowledge as sponges, imitate, copy and finally they learn. In the same way they will learn the concept of proper nutrition from what they see on our table every day. If we are fans of the fast food kitchen by eating pizzas and skewers without salads and fruits, how can we convince our children to eat properly? But if on our daily table there is a variety of food and flavors, children will try and love, if not all, most foods.

Parents do all kinds of things to help their children get top marks in school.

But before you splash out on a tutor, consider this: new research shows a child's diet can dramatically affect their IQ.

Children who eat fruit, vegetables, fish, and whole grains in their first three years of school do far better in tests than their peers with poor diets, the study found. 

The findings, from the University of Eastern Finland, were independent of children's socio-economic status, physical fitness, and body type. 

It suggests healthy foods impact the brain in a way we do not fully appreciate, and could provide important evidence for public health policymakers globally.

Children who eat fruit, vegetables, fish, and whole grains in their first three years of school do far better in tests than their peers with poor diets, the Finnish study found

The study involved 161 children aged between six and eight years old, and followed up on them from the first grade to the third grade in school. 

The quality of their diet was analysed using food diaries, and their academic skills with the help of standardized tests. 

The closer the diet followed the Baltic Sea Diet (high in vegetables, fruit and berries, fish, whole grain, and unsaturated fats and low in red meat, sugary products, and saturated fat) the healthier it was considered.

'Another significant observation is that the associations of diet quality with reading skills were also independent of many confounding factors, such as socio-economic status, physical activity, body adiposity, and physical fitness,' Dr Eero Haapala of the University of Eastern Finland said. 

A healthy diet seems to be an important factor in supporting learning and academic performance in children. 

'By making healthy choices every meal, it is possible to promote a healthy diet and enhance diet quality. 

'Parents and schools have an important role in making healthy foods available to children. 

'Furthermore, governments and companies play a key role in promoting the availability and production of healthy foods.'





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