As we near the end of the year, testing days are upon us. It’s important every day that children have nutritious and healthy breakfasts, but on testing days the right foods can help students stay focused.
Whole Grain Oatmeal – Top with Berries!
Cereal on testing days (or any days) isn’t the healthiest option for a child’s breakfast, as cereal tends to contain a lot of sugar, causing students to crash as their school days go on. Oatmeal is a great alternative! As a whole grain, oatmeal releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream (unlike sugar), giving students a steady stream of energy throughout the day rather than sugar’s sudden burst and crash. Top with your child’s favorite berries for a boost of vitamins and fiber! Studies have even found berries to improve memory and brain function.
Omelets, Scrambled Eggs, Sunny Side Up – The Choice is Yours
Eggs are a wonderful form of protein and are even better when mixed with vegetables! Mixing eggs with spinach, kale, broccoli, or tomatoes can be a great way to ensure your child is getting a balanced diet and keeps them energized and focused for testing days. It doesn’t matter how the eggs are prepared so long as there’s not an overabundance of salt or butter.
It may be trendy, but it’s also healthy if made correctly! Avocados provide needed vitamins for your child’s brain (and your own) as well as iron and potassium. Spread on whole grain toast for a healthy addition to your child’s protein packed omelet.
Kale or Spinach Berry Smoothies
It’s important kids eat a full breakfast on testing days, and a kale or spinach berry smoothie by itself probably won’t cut it, but when served with other substantial foods in the morning, a leafy green smoothie is a great way to ensure children get the nutrients they need. Kale and spinach are filled with nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain, improving cognitive performance. Kids might have a tough time getting down the kale and spinach, so a smoothie is a great place to hide it – though it will turn green. Add berries and bananas to help hide the taste from the kids and for added vitamins! Be sure to use other healthy ingredients in the smoothie, avoiding sherbets and sugary juices! Milk or Greek yogurt are great substitutes.
Healthy Lifestyles Help Raise Academic Performance
Eating nutritious breakfasts on testing days isn’t the only way for your child to improve their academic performance. Studies have shown that healthier students do better on tests than their unhealthier peers. It’s important that students are not only eating balanced meals, but also exercising. It’s beneficial not only for their health, but also for their academic performance!