Boost Your Kid's Brainpower

20 easy ways to help your child do great in school (22 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Jan 26, 2012 at 1:31PM

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Boost Your Kid's Brainpower

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Sign Up Your Kid for the Breakfast Club

Your mama was right: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- so make it nonnegotiable for your kids. Researchers at Ulm University in Germany found that high school students who ate breakfast had better visual-spatial memory and were more alert than those who skipped the morning meal. Likewise, a study from the U.K. found that a breakfast rich in complex carbohydrates helps kids maintain mental performance -- particularly in the areas of attention and memory -- throughout the morning. “A healthy breakfast with whole grains, fruit, low- or nonfat milk or yogurt and a protein-rich food -- such as nuts, eggs or peanut butter -- provides the body with key nutrients as well as with glucose, which is the main source of fuel needed by the brain, and provides steady blood sugar levels, which can help a child focus,” explains Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips.

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