As moms we all know the importance of keeping our children healthy and ensuring their little bodies are given everything they need to thrive and function well. But what are we doing for our children’s brains to really maximise brain health?
Here are a few things we should all be doing more of to ensure our children’s brains are keeping up and developing at a good pace.
- EAT the right foods – I think this is the one we all focus on the most. I mean we have been taught how important a good diet is from their very first taste of solids. But do we know how important certain foods are specifically for healthy brain development? Ensuring children are receiving plenty of foods high in omega-3 oils, antioxidants, and foods with anti-inflammatory properties is going to benefit them in a huge way. So, what foods should we should be incorporating into their DAILY meal plans? Eggs, fish, Nuts and seeds, Oats, whole-fat greek yoghurt and ALL the leafy green veg. If your child isn’t a fan of spinach, the best way to incorporate it into their diet is through healthy smoothies. *Please see our Healthy Brain Smoothie recipe at the end of this post! (My kids BEG fo this smoothie and I always feel so satisfied seeing them down a whole glass of healthy goodness, knowing their brains are thanking me for it!)
2. Get them off the couch and MOVING! – Exercise is not only important for healthy bodies, but vital for healthy brain development! Did you know that exercise grows new neurons and increases brain thickness in critical brain areas important for memory and organisation? Think about how much better you feel after exercise and how it improves your mood. We have also noticed how we all sleep so much better and concentrate better too!
3. Get Their Brains Active and Limit Screen time. – There is no faster way to stunt your child’s brain growth and developing imagination that with too much screen time. Did you know that constantly using devices may even rewire the brain to be more distractible?
Instead, involve them in things that are good for the brain: puzzles and interactive games, walks in nature, unstructured playtime, meditation and reading.
Now that we have recapped and been reminded of how we can be assisting our children with healthy habits for healthy brains, let’s talk about additional measures we can be incorporating into their everyday lives.
We all want our children to thrive, especially when it comes to learning. We know how much they can struggle with attention span and how easily distracted they can be at times. This is why Tibb Health has developed Xcel, a brain power syrup for kids aimed at preserving and enhancing cognitive functions.
I don’t know about you but I really want to know I am doing everything I can to support healthy brain development in my kids. We are almost one week into testing out this promising product and I can’t wait to share all the positive feedback with you over the next few weeks. All I can say so far, is my kids LOVE the taste and remind me everyday to take it. SCORE!
Try our Brain power smoothie packed with all the Brian food you and you little ones will enjoy!
HEALTHY BRAIN SMOOTHIE
- 2 handfulls spinach
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup full-cream yoghurt
- 1 tablespoons nuts or seed mix
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 5 ml Xcel syrup
I hope you enjoy as much as we do!