Future Nation School shared a helpful list of snacks for school children that boost the immune system and stimulates the brain.
South Africa – As parents we are always concerned about our children, keeping them healthy and ensuring they are eating balanced meals and snacks. Future Nation Schools have some nutritious meals and snack ideas to consider for your children to keep them energised and their brains stimulated when they are at school.
Immune system boosting and brain-stimulating foods:
Salmon is rich in omega 3 fats. Not only are these fats essential for developing brains, they also reduce inflammation, which increases airflow and protects the lungs from colds and respiratory infections. These can be made into little fish cakes and form part of a lunch box meal or snack.
Almonds are packed with vitamin E and manganese, a strong immune-boosting duo. These are yummy to eat as is and don’t need to be made any fancier than they already are.
Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse and has a number of immune system boosters, including vitamins C, A, and E and a number of antioxidants. Broccoli is best when it’s raw, so if your kids won’t eat it them as is, have them try it with their favourite dip.
Yes, believe it or not, these are great as a lunch box snack. Take the seeds and bake them in the oven to make them nice and crunchy and they can be enjoyed at lunch or even during class.
Eggs are one of the only foods with naturally occurring vitamin D. They also include a number of other immune-boosting nutrients, such as B vitamins and selenium. Some breakfast or lunchtime ideas for eggs, are either by making little egg cups in the shape of a muffin. These are similar to mini quiches and always delicious.
These healthy snack ideas can be eaten at school or even at home while doing their homework and are sure to make a difference to your children’s brainpower as well as their health. If incorporated and prepared creatively, they will taste delicious too!