Feeding Your Kids’ Brains Before School

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My son eats the same energy-packed breakfast each morning, and he likes it so much he always wakes up asking for it!  I’ve mentioned his oatmeal concoction here before, but it bears repeating, especially since I’ve tweaked it over time.  He’s 2 1/2 years old, but I eat it too and so does my husband–we all need the natural health insurance it provides! But what is especially appealing about it is its brain-feeding abilities.  Let’s take a look at what’s in it:

1/2 mashed banana

3 chopped medjool dates

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 – 3/4 cups cooked oats (not instant)

1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries (Added when frozen, the blueberries will cool off the oatmeal quickly for kids on the go!)

The banana not only provides potassium for energy, it makes for a wonderful natural sweetener.  Dates also contain potassium, but I originally added them due to their calcium and iron content.  Walnuts provide brain-boosting power through omega-3’s, tryptophan, manganese and copper.  Oatmeal itself is a great source of protein and fiber.  Then there’s the star of the brain food show, the blueberry.  Blueberries help build all that wiring in your brain circuits. They’re fantastic for strengthening nerves (great for eyesight) and brain pathways, and many experts claim the blueberry is the ultimate superfood.  

Now you can send those kids (and you) off for the day with brains filled with more than mush–they’ll be more focused, energized, and healthy.  And while they’re working on their multiplication tables, all those vitamins and minerals will be working on building them a stronger body and a more powerful mind.  You knew they were little Einsteins all along, didn’t you?

4 thoughts on “Feeding Your Kids’ Brains Before School

  1. This sounds like a great breakfast…not just for the kiddos but for me too! (We already eat a lot of steel cut oats with bananas, and I’ve discovered the frozen blueberries trick too…

    With our family, juice is also a big deal…even my husband goes through it like water. In the past, this has been a concern for me because of the high sugar content in pretty much all juices. Of course, there is also the continuous struggle to get in the veggies too. I recently came across a really cool juice though that a friend of mine recommended, called First Juice. I LOVE IT!!!! It has 50% less sugar than your typical juice, plus it’s organic and my kids can’t get enough. The flavors have both fruit and vegetable juice, so I can kill two birds with one stone.

    If your son loves banana and blueberry, you should try our their Banana+Carrot…and I think they are coming out with a Blueberry+Purple Carrot really soon.

    I found their website if anyone is interested…check it out: First Juice Website


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