Food for Thought
Between stuffing backpacks and hustling students out the door, don’t forget classroom success starts with proper nourishment.
Making the Grade
“We know from research that students who get high grades are more likely to eat breakfast daily, consume veggies and fruit one to two times per day and drink at least one glass of milk per day,” shares Aramark Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Colleen Tweedy (left). Get Colleen’s tips on the four key foods that will help keep students’ positive school year momentum going!
Very Berry Breakfast
Add a naturally sweet flair to your morning fare! Packed with antioxidants, berries can serve as an immune system boost and are also a good source of carbohydrates, the brain’s preferred energy source. Try our Strawberry Overnight Chia Oats recipe. Mix fresh strawberries with Greek yogurt, honey, rolled oats and chia seeds. Stick the combo in the fridge before bed and you’re set for the morning!
Nothing Fishy Here
Focusing on foods that support brain development should be top-of-mind. Different types of fish, like salmon and tuna, are rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for growth—and, as a regular part of one’s diet, may lead to better focus and concentration during the school day.
The Grain-y Greats
Who doesn’t love a tasty snack? Recharge after a learning marathon with our go-to Peanut Butter Power Toast. Combining multigrain bread, peanut butter, bananas and honey creates a sweet-and-salty snack of champions! Almond or sunflower seed butter are great substitutes if allergies are involved.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.