Hard to believe we are already talking back to school, but it’s just around the corner. Here’s an easy formula to remember. Good nutrition = Good grades. Okay, it’s not that simple but studies have shown that proper, wholesome nutrition improves focus, attention, cognitive function, even the ability of the brain to “cement” what it learns.
Lunch is a critical time of day. Lack of nutrients and too much sugar can cause your child to lose focus, become jittery and then, have the inevitable sugar crash. Conversely, a healthy lunch with minimal sugar and maximum nutrition from protein, fruits and veggies – including good fats from things like nuts and seeds – helps stabilize your child’s blood sugar levels and stoke the brain with fuel, allowing for sustained energy and focus. Protein is important because it takes our bodies longer to digest protein than it does carbohydrates, so the energy kids get from a protein-filled lunch will last much longer.