Homeschool and online schooling both have challenges and one of them is focus - of lack of. Focusing on the task at hand for a little one can be difficult, especially when there are so many distractions: toys, TV, looking outside, and snacks. Choosing the right snacks and meals can help you and your little one stay focused during the day.
Brain boosting foods, like whole grains and nuts are great choices but did you know that some sensory foods can also be a great way to stay focused. We put together some great snack strategies to help your child focus and feel great!
Fuel up with fiber
Fiber helps slow down how quickly our bodies absorb food. This is a good thing because it helps us avoid that “crash” feeling after snacking. Choose whole grains, like whole wheat crackers, popcorn, or whole grain cereal bars for a snack. They are rich in carbohydrates, which also help fuel our brains! Fruits or vegetables are also fiber rich, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and a great choice to pair with a whole grain, like in our hidden vegetable pocket.
Power up with protein
Whenever you’re choosing a meal or kids snack, pair it with protein. Whole grains and vegetables and fruit are great but to give that food extra staying power in your belly, pair it with protein rich foods. These yummy snack combinations are just some of many combinations of healthy foods for kids that can help boost focus.
Some great protein/whole grain healthy snack combos:
- Hummus and whole grain crackers
- Hummus and veggies
- Peanut butter and apple slices
- Apple sauce and crispy chickpeas
- Scrambled eggs and toast
When choosing protein foods, look for those with omega-3 fatty acids, known for building up brain power! Brain foods like walnuts, flax seeds, tuna, fish sticks, almonds, and olive oil are great sources of fatty acids! Snack poppers are a great healthy food for kids lunchboxes because they provide protein, whole grain, and omegas in a fun, poppable, treat.
Seek out sensational sensory inputs
For some kids, a sensory input can go a long way when it comes to focus. Try crunchy or chewy foods, like crunchy granola bits, chewy dried apricots, or dried jerky. These foods help give oral motor feedback and keep the chewer occupied, focusing on the sensations in their mouth and the assignment before them.
Stay hydrated with water
Make sure your kiddo always has a water bottle nearby. Dehydration can happen quicker than you think. Symptoms can include fatigue, headache, dry eye, and may impair the ability to focus. Choose a water bottle with a straw for another great way to get a sensory experience.
Take movement breaks
Take some time during transitions to shake the wiggles out, walk around the block, or move to get your heart pumping. There are tons of great online resources, such as Go Noodle or Disney Family workouts. Research shows attention spans improve with physical activity breaks.
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