Better food = Better students

Better food = Better students

Did you know that research has shown the better a student’s diet is the less likely they are to fail a test? This shows how important diet is to academic performance and emphasizes the importance of a child’s nutrition throughout the entire day, not just at breakfast. So, what can YOU do to make sure your student is performing at their best? Start off with a healthy breakfast. We have all heard that before! Pack them a nutritious lunch consisting of whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables and protein (I am not talking about the lunchables we all grab out of convenience).

Children need the right foods to help them learn, play and grow. Healthy food will give them energy needed to last the school day and pave the way for healthy adulthood. Foods providing consistent energy are best. Sugar creates highs and lows, or the ‘sugar high’ and ‘sugar crash’ we have heard of over the years. "Low Fat" labels do not mean low sugar, and "natural" doesn’t always signify wholesome ingredients. Make sure you take the time to read labels and understand what the gimmicks really are.

Remember this when grocery shopping: The fewer ingredients on the label the better; and if you can't pronounce it, you probably shouldn't be eating it. You can never go wrong if you choose "whole foods." Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed.

As parents, we face the usual lunchbox dilemma: we want to pack a nutritious healthy lunch for our kids, but we are typically feeling rushed for time every morning. Lunches don't have to be complicated; with just a little planning, simple, nutritious meals can be put together in minutes. Let’s make this year our best and healthiest yet!!!


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