Exams are here again! Though it’s your child who will write an exam, you are more tensed than him.
And how you wish you could brew a magical potion and give it to your child to help him memorise everything in one go. Don’t you?
Frankly, there is no magic food that will turn your child into a genius.
But, what if I tell you there are foods that will help your child learn and memorise faster?
Oh Yes! Every mother would love to know about such foods, right?
So, let’s dive into these foods.
Commonly known as “Brain food”, you should include them in your magical recipes.
#1 Whole Grains
Carbohydrates are the source of energy, and the brain needs the energy to work. Whole grains provide the energy to your child’s brain while studying.
However, you should choose whole grains with a low glycaemic index (GI). Low glycaemic index means these foods release energy steadily and avoid a sudden bulk. This will keep your child physically and mentally alert during long hours of study.
Foods with a low glycaemic index include brown bread, brown rice, oats, etc.
#2 Green leafy vegetables
Ooh! Your child will make faces on seeing the green leafy vegetables! But you are a smart mom and can motivate him to eat healthy.
Veggies like broccoli and spinach are rich in Vitamin K and help to improve the brainpower. Vegetables like beans, lettuce, and beetroot are rich in Vitamin B and improve the mental alertness.
Fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Tomatoes, plums, berries, oranges, lemon, guava, kiwi, strawberries, papaya, etc. are helpful to increase your child’s mental sharpness.
Eggs contain proteins and help to improve the intellect. Since they are low in calories, they won’t make your child lethargic. They’re a great way to start the day and also, they can be boiled, poached, scrambled, and fried healthily.
Fish is a rich source of proteins and omega-3 essential fatty acids which prevent memory loss and enhance brain function. The helpful ones include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, and kippers.
Nuts are a rich source of Vitamin E & help in preventing memory loss. You should replace junk snacks like chips and cookies with hazelnuts and cashews as they are rich in magnesium, copper, and iron which help maintain a healthy nervous system. They make the child less tired while studying.
Ah! How can we forget this important nutrient?
Insufficient intake of water makes the child feels lethargic and irritable and affects his concentration.
Keep a glass of fluid like fruit juice, herbal teas or plain water within an easy reach of the child while studying. Also, hand over him a bottle of water to carry in the exam.
Give these foods a miss during the exams:
- Cookies, cakes, and muffins contain harmful trans-fat. Plus, they take more time and energy to digest.
- Foods high in refined sugar such as chocolates, desserts, and sweets.
- White rice or potatoes (in large quantities) can make your child feel heavy and sleepy.
- Tea, coffee and carbonated beverages as they increase the urine output.
- Junk food or snacks like chips, pizza, burger, etc.
You might be wondering… what’s new with these foods? You already know about them.
But, here’s the kicker!
Timing is everything
Timing is vital whether planning to study or writing a paper. So, the same goes for the diet as well.
You must schedule the meals for your children:
- 6 – 7 am: Milk/green tea with almonds
- 8 – 9 am: Wholegrain cereals like cornflakes, oats/ poha/ egg/ brown bread sandwich with fresh vegetables
- 11 am: Mid-morning fresh fruit salad
- 1-2 pm: Lunch (Vegetable, chapatti, brown rice, curd, fish)
- 4 pm: Evening snack (nuts)
- 6 pm: Soup (tomato/ vegetable)
- 8 – 9pm: Light Dinner ( omelette/ pasta with veggies)
- 10 pm: Milk
Though you must store these foods in your kitty and help your child memorise faster, they will help you out only if you make it a regular habit in your child during his academic phase.
Hope your worries would have diminished a little after reading this post! So, what are you waiting for? Hurry! Go and give your child these simple nutrients and help him memorise faster.
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