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West Cobb County child care and nutrition: Lunch box ideas for brain development

Posted on 07-25-2014

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Packing a lunchbox each day is challenging for busy parents who want their child to have a balanced mid-day meal and snack. Here are some great, easy lunchbox ideas that will keep your child happy while boosting brain development:

1.  Avocado

Adding a few slices of avocado to your child’s sandwich makes it taste even better, and it gives your child a healthy source of essential fatty acids. These nutrients help the brain function properly and contain plenty of potassium for a healthy heart. Try it on chicken salad, turkey or egg sandwiches.

2.  Whole-wheat bread

Switching to 100% whole-wheat bread is easy and has great benefits. Full of folate and fiber, your child will have a steady stream of stable energy through the day, helping him to focus on learning and staying alert.

3.  Fruits

Fresh fruits give a child the sweetness that they love so much as well as plenty of antioxidants, helping to protect the brain and keep it healthy. Berries, apple slices, plums, peaches and grapes are all tasty to eat, easy to pack and healthy.

4.  Eggs

Packed full of a nutrient called choline, eggs, especially the yolks, help your child’s brain develop, especially memory centers. An egg salad sandwich, hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg with vegetables will give your child plenty of tasty brain-boosting nutrients.

5.  Protein

The protein found in lean meat, chicken, fish, Greek yogurt, beans and eggs form the building blocks for your child’s cellular growth. A small cup of Greek yogurt makes for a healthy, tasty snack that is easy to include in your child’s lunchbox.

To find fresh, locally grown products that are ideal for your child’s lunchbox, visit the Marietta Square Farmers Market. Open year-round, this market offers everything from everyday grocery staples to flowers, herbs, soaps and preserves.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb, we know how important it is that your child gets the most out of this early learning stage, which is why we offer the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum. Developed to maximize your child’s learning potential through fun, stimulating activities in a state-of-the-art facility, this curriculum grows with your child during their first five years. To find out more about this innovative brain development program, our staff and facility, please contact us today.

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