6 Power Snacks That Will Boost Concentration & Energy in Kids
The body’s 3 main sources of energy include carbohydrates, protein, and fat – and each plays a key role in a child’s growth and development. Healthy foods from the 4 food groups each have their own driving benefits: certain foods contain mainly carbohydrates (like pasta!), others contain mainly protein (like fish!), and some contain all 3 energy producers in similar proportions (like milk!). By offering a variety of foods each day, we ensure that children benefit from appropriate amounts of all 3 forms of ‘fuel’, along with essential vitamins and minerals.
Food also motivates children’s ability to learn and concentrate by providing the energy their brains need to make new connections (biologically referred to as synapses). When children eat well, they are better equipped to focus on and engage in learning activities in the classroom. We make nutritionally balanced power snacks readily available between meals – both in the morning and the afternoon – to allow children to re-fuel with nutrient-dense foods and maintain their energy levels for a physically and mentally productive day!
Offering children balanced meals and healthy snacks will provide them with the energy they need to learn and play.
Looking for fresh ideas to FUEL UP with healthy snacks? Try these!
- Cheddar Cheese and Apple Slices
- Roasted Chickpeas (toss in oil, bake at 450° for 40 minutes) and Pepper Slices
- Tuna on Crackers
- Nut-free Butter on Banana Slices
- Whole Grain Toast with Avocado and Tomato
- Greek Yogurt with Blueberries
As a member of the Food for Tots team and a Registered Dietitian, I am very excited to be a part of Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month Campaign! Registered Dietitians around the country are celebrating Nutrition Month 2018 by helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal, and bring us together.With our growing network of child care centres and schools, I am eager to help illustrate how food has the potential to:
- Fuel: Provide the energy busy children need throughout the day
- Discover: Foster healthy eating habits by introducing children to new foods and teaching them to shop and cook
- Prevent: Follow a balanced eating pattern to reduce risk of diet-related chronic disease (type 2 diabetes, heart disease)
- Heal: Offer a variety of nutrient-dense foods every day to promote healing
- Bring us together: Connect with family and friends by sharing meals together
Melissa Frankel, Registered Dietitian
Check back soon to learn more about food’s limitless potential!
Have questions about this year’s Nutrition Month campaign? We are always happy to help!
Contact our RD, Melissa, at firstname.lastname@example.org