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Back to School Essentials – 5 Brain Boosting Snacks

Pop quizzes, biology homework, preparing for the SAT’s (Oh my!).  Whether you’re a student or parent, overcome and succeed at all academic challenges during this new school year by boosting your brainpower with key foods that increase your attention span, your ability to acquire new knowledge, and improves your memory for a rewarding school year!

Besides getting a good night sleep, packing your fridge with delicious all-natural foods will not only keep you and your family strong and healthy, but can also help the little ones make honor roll by enhancing their coordination and concentration. Studies have found that your diet and nutrition intake are strongly associated with how students perform at school. So before you hit the books, snack on these five brain boosting snack ideas!

  1. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries: pop one of these creamy delicious treats into your mouth to improve your brain power, memory, and general cognitive function.  The flavonoids in this blue superfood may promote your reasoning skills, numerical and verbal comprehension, plus your decision making capabilities.
  2. Healthy Kale Chips: kale is amazing leafy green with incredible benefits for the human body, especially for your brain.  This superfood is very high in beta carotene, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and calcium.  All of these vitamins and nutritional compounds keeps your brain young, aids you in retaining information, and your ability to respond quickly to stimuli!  Eat up on any of our Kale Chip flavors; Raspberry Lime Kale chips, Orange Teriyaki, Gingerbread, and Cheezy variety.
  3. Sliced Mango & Strawberries Drizzled with Yogurt: these tropical fruit are an excellent source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, which develop your cognitive skills and neurologic function. Kids naturally love these juicy and colorful fruits, not to mention it is a quick and easy to make snack.
  4. Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas: beans and legumes are loaded with fiber which stabilizes your blood sugar and keeps you satiated and focused throughout the day.  If your taste tends to lean more towards salty snacks try to roast chickpeas with some garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Yum!
  5. Apple Sandwiches: who has not heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Apples are rich in quercetin which protects your brain neurons from oxidative damage.  Be sure however to eat the apples with the skin, since the pectin that is found in the apple peel boost your immunity making you less prone to diseases. Slice up a red or green apple and fill with your favorite nut butter for one satisfyingly tasty treat!