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01/28/2015
As a parent, you no doubt want to do everything you can to help your child excel at school, whether that’s helping with their math homework or encouraging your child to take up reading. One thing that’s easy to forget is the important role your child’s diet plays in their academic performance. Today, The Tutoring Center in Dubai would like to offer a few suggestions for terrific foods to include in your child’s diet to help give their burgeoning brain a boost.

Avocado

This fruit is packed with fiber, vitamins C and B6, and magnesium. It’s also rich in omega 3 fatty acids and healthy unsaturated fats that have been shown to be vital for a healthy brain as they are necessary to build new cells and for the brain to function properly. If your child is not a fan of avocado by itself, you can add it to smoothies or even oatmeal. The taste is subtle enough that your child won’t even notice it, and it provides a delightfully creamy texture, too.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is packed with iron and is a good source of calcium (especially if cooked with milk or a calcium-rich milk substitute). It’s  also low in fat, high in fiber, and is a source of protein. Oats are complex carbohydrates, meaning they release their energy slowly over time rather than providing a short, sharp burst of energy followed by a slump. Feed your child some oatmeal in the morning and they’ll feel full and focused right up until lunch.

Blueberries

It’s important to include large amounts of fruit and vegetables in your child’s diet, and to try to provide variety. One of the best fruits of the bunch are blueberries; they’re packed with antioxidants and are rich in many vitamins and minerals. Many studies have linked blueberries to reduced cancer rates, improved memory, and even lower cholesterol. What’s especially good about blueberries? They’re so delicious you’ll have no problems convincing your child to eat lots of them.

Tuna

Salmon is often cited as being the superfood fish of choice, but the humble tuna fish can definitely fight its corner. Not only is canned tuna substantially cheaper, it’s a tremendous healthy protein source and is rich in niacin, iron, zinc, and other vital nutrients. It’s rich in the same healthy fats as the avocado too, so is great for their brain. Your child probably enjoys tuna fish sandwiches on delicious whole grain bread (who doesn’t!) but, if they don’t, try making tuna fishcakes.

Milk and yogurt

We’re combining these into one because they share many benefits. Dairy is a great source of protein for growing kids, and it’s also rich in calcium which is vital for healthy bones but it also plays a vital role in the brain’s signalling system, as calcium ions deliver electrical signals through the brain’s cells. Not only that, but these foods are rich in a host of other nutrients. If your child is lactose-intolerant, milk substitutes such as soy, almond or coconut milks and yogurts can carry many of the same benefits (though soy is the only substitute that comes close to the protein levels of dairy) - just be sure to check the label to see they’re providing what your child needs and for added sugars that should be avoided if possible.

Of course, there are many other ways you can help. If your child is struggling with their reading, math, or grammar, The Tutoring Center’s Geniuses in Training academic programs are the perfect solution. We also offer support with study skills and exam preparation, so contact us at  (+971) 04-435-6548 to take advantage of the best tutoring in Dubai today.

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