Food and the nutrients they provide are the building blocks of our bodies and minds. Properly fueling your body is the perfect way to make sure your mind is ready to take on the day. If you are going to home school, good nutrition is an important part of any school day. You need the energy. Plus, the children need to be focused on their work.
Studies have shown that blueberries do contain antioxidants that can boost memory and improve focus for hours after eating them. They can be mixed in with yogurt for an easy breakfast.
- Green Tea
Sipping this delicious beverage will give you a boost of caffeine and L-Theanine. When caffeine and L-Theanine are combined, they work together to improve alertness and focus without the dreaded crash that typically comes a few hours later. Make yourself a cup before school begins and sip it throughout the morning.
It’s no wonder social media influencers are preaching the benefits of avocados. Filled with good fats and fiber, they enhance blood flow. Better blood flow means a healthier and happier brain. Especially since the advent of the keto diet, some people now eat avocadoes for breakfast.
- Leafy Green Vegetables
Antioxidants, carotenoids, and B-vitamins. All of these individually and combined help with memory and focus, as well as protecting your brain and giving it the nutrients it needs to replenish after a long day of work. There are recipes for making home-made kale chips that your children will enjoy. These are easy to make, and a good way to get healthy greens into your children’s diet.
- Fatty Fish
Consuming a serving of fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, or sardines, has been shown to increase memory, mental performance, and lessen issues such as mood swings and fatigue. This is all thanks to omega-3 fatty acids, something that is abundant in several types of fish.
Your entire body is made up of water, and it is no surprise that it depends on it. Drinking enough water daily can aid in memory, focus, and creativity. You and your children need to get enough water. This is much better for the children than sodas or sugary drinks.
- Dark Chocolate
Before you get carried away, it only takes a small serving of dark chocolate daily to reap the benefits. Caffeine and magnesium combine in this decadent treat to stimulate your brain and release the feel-good hormones, endorphins and serotonin. Both give you energy, focus, and a positive mood.
- Flax Seed
These tiny seeds are filled with goodness such as magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and even fiber. Grinding the seeds gives your body the ability to digest them fully and to benefit from the mental clarity and focus that comes from them.
Nuts also contain a number of health benefits. Protein, vitamin E, and amino acids are packed into a one-ounce serving, giving you less cognitive decline and better focus throughout your day. Choose raw nuts over fried and salted. Raw nuts are better for you and your children.
Filling your diet with benefit-packing foods can sometimes seem complicated. However, small additions of these 9 foods can allow you to reap the benefits of small changes.
Make decisions to form new habits, such as eliminating sodas and drinking water instead. Or, make a decision to purchase raw nuts instead of salted. As you make quality decisions one-by-one, and implement them, you will notice a cumulative benefit from new, better habits.