We all want the best for our children. We want them to be the best and brightest they can be. Choosing nutritious foods when they are little can set them up for success later in life. You might even be wondering; what foods are best for child brain development? How can I feed my kid for growth? These healthy kids meal ideas will help you feed your child for growth and success.
Salmon for child brain development
Salmon and other fatty fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are essential for brain growth and function. While your little one may not be eager to dive into a salmon filet at dinner, they may like it in other familiar foods. Try salmon salad instead of tuna salad, add canned salmon to pasta, or grill salmon burgers.
Eggs are a quick brain-boosting staple
Eating both the egg yolk and white ensures your kiddo is getting essential fatty acids and nutrients like choline, along with tons of protein. Try this Scrambled Eggs & Turkey Sausage recipe for a superfast brain boosting breakfast (or fun dinner)! Hard boiled eggs make for a quick, make ahead snack.
Nuts & seeds are great sources of antioxidant vitamin E
There is nothing like a good old PBJ. Peanut butter, and other nut and seed butters, are great sources of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that protects nerve membranes. Yumble’s Snack Poppers, made with sunflower butter and flax seeds, are a great source of fiber & vitamin E. If your child is tired of PBJ, try adding a dollop of your favorite nut butter into vanilla yogurt. Stir well for a fun fruit dip.
Whole grains are good for our brains
If your little one DOES love PBJ sandwiches, or any sandwich for that matter, be sure to use whole grain bread. Whole grains, like brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain cereal, and whole grain bread, are rich in B vitamins and fiber. Tons of Yumble Kids meals are made with whole grains, like brown rice. Our brain works best with a steady supply of glucose, which comes from whole grains and other carbohydrates. A quick rhyme to remember - “whole grains are good for our brains!”
Beans add fiber, protein, and omega-3s
Beans are a unique food because they fall into two categories- veggies and proteins. Beans are rich in fiber and protein and loaded with vitamins and minerals. For one, fiber is great for growing kids of all ages. Moreover, kidney beans and pinto beans contain more omega-3 fatty acids than other beans. They contain especially high amounts of the fatty acid ALA. ALA, like DHA and EPA, is important for brain development and function. This Garden Vegetable Chili is a great way to get beans in for a warm lunch or hearty dinner. Try serving pinto bean tacos. You can even add mashed beans to salmon patties, mashed potatoes, applesauce, and veggie dips.
Yumble Kids can help you give your kids healthy meals perfect for child growth. A kids’ meal delivery service, Yumble Kids provides variety, convenience, and nutritious meals made just for kids. Try the popped protein snacks and the turkey sausage & eggs. Both are packed with protein and fatty acids for brain development.
Looking for an easy way to get more foods that promote child brain development? Yumble is the children’s healthy meal planner that does the hard work for you. We deliver fresh, delicious, fully prepared kids’ meals right to your door. Pick a plan that works best for your family, choose your weekly meals, and Yumble takes care of the rest. No cooking required! Ready to save time & serve nutritious meals?