Food for Thought: Take a Bite out of Test Day

February 23, 2017

Did you know that your child’s breakfast could make or break how he or she does on an exam? Think about the morning of your child’s last test. Did you just pour a bowl of Frosted Flakes and rush the kids out the door? Guilty! We have all been there. However, brain food is a crucial part of your kid’s cognitive abilities! 

 Human brains use about 20 percent of all glucose, 35 percent of all vitamins and minerals, 40 percent of all water, and a staggering 50 percent of fats in our bodies. So what feeds our hungry brains? Brain foods are things that help our brains memorize material and stay alert throughout the day. This includes high protein foods, which can lead to greater mental alertness. Healthy food choices before an exam include eggs, nuts, yogurt and cottage cheese. Other smart food choices are fish, walnuts, blueberries, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, apples and leafy greens. 

So we’ve got a list of pre-test foods, but what does this all mean? We have to provide our kiddos with a variety of nutrients in their diet. A high-sugar, high-processed-carb breakfast will contribute to your child’s brain crashing before he or she even really gets started on that big test you have spent months preparing for—and you spent good money on that tutoring, didn’t you?

 

To make sure your child is properly fueled and ready for testing, make sure the night before the exam is relaxing. It’s important that your child isn’t stressed before the big day. End the night after your child chows down on a dinner packed with brain food. Additionally, make sure your child gets up early and has plenty of time to get ready without feeling rushed. Lastly, the most important step is to feed him or her an exam-ready breakfast packed with nutrients!

 

Serving your child a breakfast full of brain foods is truly the key to making sure he or she performs well on that important day. Your kid has been prepping for a marathon, and the test is the race day. Endurance is so important when it comes to taking tests, and proper nutrition plays a tremendous role in boosting overall stamina. Adding smart food choices is such a simple way to help your child maximize his or her testing potential; don’t miss an easy trick to help your kid ace the exam!

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