You are what you eat… and your children are too

Proper nutrition can sometimes be a real challenge as we balance the nutritional needs of our children with foods that they will actually eat.

But, it’s a balancing act, that we as moms need to master, in order to fuel their rapidly growing brains.

While most of us get it right at supper time, and serve up nutritious, well-balanced meals, we often slip up at snack time – relying on more convenient (and often more processed) food items to get our children through their busy afternoons.

With that in mind, here are five super nutritious snack ideas, courtesy of Future Nation Schools.These snack ideas can be eaten at school or at home while doing homework – and are sure to make a difference to your children’s brain power as well as their health. And, if prepared creatively, they will taste delicious too!

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5 Super nutritious snacks for growing brains

1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fats. Not only are these fats essential for developing brains, they also reduce inflammation, which increases airflow and protects the lungs from colds and respiratory infections.

Tip: Make little fish cakes to pop into your child’s lunch box.

2. Almonds

Almonds are packed with vitamin E and manganese; a strong immune-boosting duo.

This snack is yummy to eat as is and doesn’t need to be made any fancier!

Tip: Stash a packet of almonds into your handbag, for when those after-school munchies hit your little ones.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse and has a number of immune system boosters, including vitamins C, A, and E as well as a host of antioxidants.

Good to know:  Broccoli is best when it’s raw.

Tip: If your kids won’t eat it broccoli as is, have them try it with their favourite dip.

4. Pumpkin seeds

Yes, believe it or not, these are great as a lunch-box snack.

Tip: Take the seeds and bake them in the oven to make them nice and crunchy and they can be enjoyed at lunch or even during class.

5. Eggs

Did you know that eggs are one of the only foods with naturally occurring vitamin D? They also include a number of other immune-boosting nutrients, such as B vitamins and selenium.

Tip: Try and make little egg snacks in the shape of a muffin. These are similar to mini quiches – and taste delicious!