Feeding the Way to Better Grades

by | Health, Parent Resources

Proper Nutrition is Important for Both Physical and Mental Development

Get better grades by eating properly! By nature, children tend to head towards sugary foods with little or no nutrition in them. Breakfast, lunch, and snack time are all  key opportunities for your children to refuel their bodies and prepare themselves to take in new information and knowledge. Unfortunately, children  often  take  these  opportunities  to fill  themselves  up  with  grease  and  sugar; this leaves them feeling hungry and restless within a few hours.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet recent research shows that  42%  of  children  never  eat  breakfast, interestingly   enough   this   correlates   perfectly with the statistic that 40% of Canadian adults also don’t eat breakfast. Being a positive example for your children by doing something  as  simple  as  eating  breakfast seems like a no-brainer, yet many children struggle through school simply because they are not educated on the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and their bodies are not properly nourished. A simple comparison to view is the glycemic index level of each meal. Children that eat a high glycemic breakfast comprised  of  sugary  foods  like  white  pancakes and syrup typically have lower standardized test scores, lower attention spans and poor behaviour.

With the growing epidemic of childhood obesity it is largely in the hands of the parents to educate their children on the importance of eating healthy. Unhealthy and convenient food are everywhere, but these empty calories hurt more than just their weight. Without an adequate understanding of proper nutrition and eating habits children are more inclined to be obese in their adult lives. As life gets busier  the  first  thing  many  families  begin forgetting about is healthy eating. With 26% of Canadians being obese today compared to

15% in 1978  it suggests that the availability of processed and nutrient lacking foods has taken a toll on Canadian children.

Not all food that’s healthy and nourishing requires high preparation time or a high price tag. It really is as simple as understanding what you are eating, and what you are feeding your children. To prepare your children for their day create breakfasts that are high in  protein, low  in  fat  and  prepared  using whole grains. Incorporating protein into your child’s morning routine will allow them to feel full longer, concentrate better and take in more knowledge. Common breakfast proteins such as eggs, peanut butter or cottage cheese are also low in fat which contributes to  a  healthy  diet.  A  breakfast  containing scrambled eggs and whole grain toast avoids highly processed foods like white bread and pastries which require high   amounts   of insulin  to  metabolize,  which  can  result  in poor  focus  and  concentration  throughout the morning.

A healthy diet can be considered the main contributor to your child’s overall well being. If your child is properly nourished their body can work at its full potential, allowing your  child  to  perform  better  academically and physically. With improved academic and physical  performance their confidence and self satisfaction will also improve.