Did you know you can boost your child’s brainpower through food? Here are some of the foods that have been tried, tested and recommended by experts to enhance the brain development of toddlers and infants.
If you want to boost your baby’s memory retention, prepare eggs for them. Eggs contain high amounts of choline which helps in memory retention in babies.
Apart from its amazing flavours, salmon improves the brain structure and function in babies. Salmon contains vitamin D and very high amounts of fatty acids, which are crucial in brain function.
Greens such as kale and spinach
The benefits of green veggies are almost inexhaustible and they include brain development in young ones. They also lessen the chances of getting dementia in old age. To improve the taste of spinach, mix it with pumpkin, sweet potatoes or a fruit like an apple.
This fruit is incorporated into many dishes across different cuisines in the world for good reason. It contains monounsaturated fats which babies need to help with the healthy development of the nervous system. It can be prepared by cutting it into small edible pieces for babies, mashed and spoon-fed or made into a smoothie.
Nuts are known for their rich protein content all over the world. They also contain zinc, which sharpens memory and aids in brain development in both babies and adults. Be careful when serving nuts to children as they can choke on them. You can grind them and add to other foods.
Yoghurt and milk
These dairy products supply your baby with proteins and B-vitamin, which help in the growth of their brain tissue and neurotransmitters. If your baby hates milk, there are smarter ways of incorporating it into their diet, such as mixed it with porridge or desserts. Apart from brain development, milk promotes the growth of strong teeth and bones in infants and adults alike.
Growing babies need a lot of energy because they expend that same energy in playing and toddler activities. To this end, oats provide energy for the brain that babies require. Oats also equip your baby with nutrients such as zinc and vitamin E.
This article was first published in the March issue of Parents Magazine