Top 10 Brain Foods for Children

Fatty fish like salmon are an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are essential for brain growth and function

1. Brain Food: Salmon

Eggs are well-known as a great protein source -- but the egg yolks are also packed with choline, which helps memory development.

2. Brain Food: Eggs

Peanuts and peanut butter are a good source of vitamin E that protects nervous membranes plus thiamin to help the brain and nervous system.

3. Brain Food: Peanut Butter

The brain needs a constant supply of glucose and whole grains provide that in spades.

4. Brain Food: Whole Grains

Oats are one of the most familiar hot cereals for kids and a very nutritious “grain for the brain,” says Sarah Krieger.

5. Brain Food: Oats/Oatmeal

Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries. "In general, the more intense the color, the more nutrition in the berries," Krieger says.

6. Brain Food: Berries

Beans are special because they have energy from protein and complex carbs -- and fiber -- plus lots of vitamins and minerals, Krieger says.

7. Brain Food: Beans

Tomatoes sweet potatoes pumpkin spinach vegetables are the best sources of antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy.

8. Brain Food: Colorful Veggies

Dairy foods are packed with protein and B-vitamins -- essential for growth of brain tissue, neurotransmitters, and enzymes.

9. Brain Food: Milk & Yogurt

Iron is an essential mineral that helps kids stay energized and concentrate at school. Lean beef is one of the best absorbed sources of iron.

10. Brain Food: Lean Beef


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