Food for thought

By Libby Ferguson, Contributing Writer, Walmart

Satisfy the sweetest teeth

1. Satisfy the sweetest teeth

Thank goodness Mother Nature has a sweet tooth. Kids who have one too will find it hard to pass up antioxidant-rich fruit. Blueberries and mangos are known to pack the greatest punch, but all berries and pit fruit (like peaches and plums) are great choices.

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Shop Grains with gusto

2. Grains with gusto

Look for labels that read “whole grain” as their first ingredient. Whether it’s whole grain wheat, buckwheat, oats, even quinoa – get optimal fiber from the whole, unprocessed grain.

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3. Hello H2O!

Kids need to start hydrating soon after they wake up. Brains and other organs function at optimal level when they’ve been “watered.” Orange juice is always a good idea, but putting a glass of water next to their plate can help kick-start a healthful day- and life-long habit.

Hide and peak

Encourage peak performance by hiding nutrient-rich foods inside foods they love. Mash bananas or drop fresh blueberries in their pancake batter; turn plain yogurt into a hearty “milkshake” by combining it with a splash of milk and fruit right out of the freezer (sprinkling crushed almonds on top boosts the protein even more).

Out-the-door delicious

5. Out-the-door delicious

No time for breakfast? You can still make it healthful when you grab it on the go. Yogurt in a tube, a granola bar and an apple or banana make up a balanced, brain-fueling meal.

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