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Jacksonville nutritionist shares "Brain Food" recipes for back to school

5:25 AM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Back to school is here for many families on the First Coast and nutritionists suggest parents invest in "brain foods" to help their children prepare.  

According to Jenna Braddock, a registered dietitian and local nutrition expert, breakfast is vital for students to be at peak learning performance.  She said children who eat breakfast perform better in school overall and have fewer behavior problems.   

Braddock suggests parents give their children some important "brain foods" in the morning including eggs, salmon, nuts, berries and other fruits and vegetables.  

Eggs provide a child's body with Choline, which improves brain function and memory, said Braddock.  She explained that nuts or salmon are a good menu item because they both contain Omega-3s.  Braddock said a good way to incorporate salmon in a morning menu is to put lox on a bagel.  If your child does not eat fish, she suggested parents buy a kid's supplement.   

Berries can also be essential for learning.  They contain antioxidants and anthocyanins, which contribute to brain health by helping neuron communication. 

Pomegranate juice, spinach and other fruits and vegetables also include antioxidants, shared Braddock.    

For some easy "brain food" recipes, visit Braddock's blog

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