Healthy Back to School Foods That Boost Concentration

Healthy Back to School Foods That Boost Concentration

Back to school means a lot of things: shopping, reorganizing, sports tryouts and training, homework, and so much more. All the change can be exciting…and a bit stressful. As kids head back to school, they may find it hard to concentrate. Healthy foods offer a powerful way to stay on track all year long. Check out this list of healthy foods that boost concentration. We have also added a few Naval Bagels menu suggestions that will help you provide delicious and nutritious meals to the entire family!

Berries

Berries are rich in anti-oxidants and help protect our brain’s from free-radical damage caused by the toxins, chemicals, and pollutants we are exposed to daily. These super fruits also combat cellular oxidative damage caused by stress. They are also a slow-acting carbohydrate and provide a sustained form of energy throughout during the day. Therefore we should all consider adding more strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries to our diets. Naval Bagels menu suggestion: Blueberry Bagel with blueberry or strawberry cream cheese

Healthy Whole Grains

While going gluten-free seems to be popular, consuming whole grains such as bread, bagels, and cereals provide glucose which is an energy source the brain needs. Whole grains also contain B vitamins, which are good for the nervous system. The combination of the glucose and B vitamins increase serotonin levels which reduce stress. Naval Bagels menu suggestion: The 6-Grain or the 6-Grain Everything Bagel

Bananas

Bananas are a complete and excellent source of energy source for the brain. They provide a large amount of potassium and manganese tow essential elements for a healthy diet. Further, studies have shown that the vitamin B6 that bananas provide stimulate norepinephrine and serotonin. Two neurotransmitters that are essential for concentration. Naval Bagels menu suggestion: The Booster

Eggs

Did you know that eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods that exist? They are an excellent source of protein, rich in Vitamin A and D, plus contain lutein and zeaxanthin. What does that all mean? Eggs keep you fuller longer and promote healthy vision. Make sure to eat the entire egg. Most of the nutrition is found in the yolk. Naval Bagels menu suggestion: The Vegetarian

Fish

Fatty fish such as salmon are some of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are crucial for your brainpower. They help maintain memory, focus, and concentration, Another bonus? Omega 3’s are also a mood booster. They are also important for maintaining cardiovascular health and blood circulation. For maximum benefit, consume at least two servings of fatty fish per week.  Naval Bagels menu suggestion: The Naval Bagel

Nuts and Seeds

Generally, all types of nuts are great for the body. However, studies show that peanuts, especially peanut butter, are a valuable source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants protect your brain’s neurons and stimulate the formation of connections between them. Additionally, peanuts are rich in thiamin. Thiaminpromotes central nervous system development and functioning, which improves concentration. Naval Bagels menu suggestion: The Booster

Avocadoes

Avocadoes have been receiving a lot of love lately. And for good reason, rich in mono-unsaturated fats, which help to maintain healthy blood flow, which helps to maintain a healthy brain. And consequently, avocados are fiber-rich and help sustain energy levels. They contain folate, vitamins E and C, and lutein, which promotes healthy vision. Naval Bagels menu suggestion: The So Cal

Happy and Healthy

Don’t have time in the morning to make breakfast or lunch? Swing by Naval Bagels! Not only can we provide the delicious and nutritious foods that boost concentration, but you can rest assured that your kiddos will be happy and healthy!

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