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ACT prep in Sugar Land, TX

09/22/2014
We are sure you understand the correlation between eating well and doing well in school, after all it is true that growing and active minds and bodies need healthy food to fuel them. It is with this in mind that The Tutoring Center in Sugar Land, despite our name, would like to share suggestions for seven healthy superfoods for your growing child.

Spinach is probably the most super of the superfoods. It is a prime source of calcium, folic acid, iron, and vitamins A and C. Try including spinach in smoothies, as the subtle taste is easily disguised by the flavor of banana or of apple juice, for example.

Avocados are very fibrous, so are great for digestive health. Just like with spinach, you can sneak avocado into smoothies and soups very easily if your child does not like avocado by itself. If your child does enjoy the taste of avocado, you could whip up a homemade guacamole by blending avocado with a little salt and lime juice. Add chili if you like a little extra kick!

Blueberries are rich in a number of vitamins, manganese, and in particular substances called anthocyanins. They may sound alien, but anthocyanins are actually potent antioxidants that have been shown to help develop and maintain a healthy immune system.

Oatmeal has a low glycemic index, which just means that it keeps you fuller for longer and won’t cause the spikes in blood sugar associated with sugary breakfast cereals. Try adding fresh fruit for more flavor, and in wintertime try adding raisin and cinnamon for an especially comforting dish.

Yogurt is a great way to provide your child with the protein they need to build strong muscles and the calcium they need for strong teeth and bones. It makes for an even simpler breakfast than oatmeal; simply add chopped fresh fruit and/or granola.

Sweet potatoes are Superman to ordinary potatoes’ Clark Kent; they provide slow-release energy and are bursting with vitamins and potassium. Try replacing potatoes with sweet potatoes in dishes including mashed potato, baked potatoes, or fries.

Salmon is a wonderful source of the healthy fats your child needs to build a healthy body and brain. If possible, use wild salmon as it is richer in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D, and is also kinder to the environment.

Know that your child will look to you as an example, so it is important that you are making healthy eating choices.  It is mostly up to you to ensure that your child is eating well, and there are many ways you can help them with their schoolwork (see our tips to improving children’s attention spans, for example). However, when it comes to achieving academic excellence, The Tutoring Center is ready and committed with our professional tutors to assist you in any way we can. Contact us at (281) 980-1242 to arrange tutoring in Sugar Land today.

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