Children especially are in need of a brain-boosting breakfast to power their way through the day. Setting them up with a nutritious boost is quick and easy with the NutriBullet. As a parent, you no longer need to worry about fitting in breakfast on-the-go. Of course you could resort to old habits and give them a Pop-tart or a sugar-laden granola breakfast bar on their way out the door, but your child will soon find him/herself hungry thereafter. For sustained energy and a nutritional boost, here are some superior choices in the breakfast bunch.
These bright blue beauties contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits, making blueberries a no-brainer (…or shall I say a yes-brainer?) There is evidence that these superfruits can improve memory, as well as boost the immune system. Blueberries, along with other members of the berry family are lower on the glycemic-index (GI). A low GI along with their high fiber content helps slowly release sugar into the bloodstream for sustained energy.
What do you think of when you see an unshelled walnut? Looks like a brain, right? Well, that is no coincidence, my friend! Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids shown to boost brain health and reduce inflammation. The healthy fats found in walnuts will help absorb fat-soluble vitamins and the protein will “stick to the ribs” to keep your child satiated until lunch.
Vitamin C found in the strawberries of our Berry Brain Boost NutriBlast (below) helps absorb the iron contained in spinach. Iron enhances oxygen distribution throughout the body, waking up the immune system, boosting energy, and enhancing brain activity. Spinach is also an abundant source of vitamin K (almost 200% of the daily value in one cup raw), a nutrient required to help build strong bones.
4. Rolled Oats
We’ve all heard oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol, but do you know how? Its high soluble fiber is key. It not only helps keep your little one’s heart healthy, it will also slow down the rate at which the sugars from fruits are released into the bloodstream. This prevents any drastic energy highs or lows, the foundation to keeping kids awake and alert. Choose gluten-free to prevent any inflammation caused by potential allergies or intolerance.
5. Almond Milk (or other dairy alternative)
With milk intolerance and dairy allergies on the rise, it is best to choose a dairy alternative fortified with calcium to meet the needs of growing bones. Fortunately, there are several options available that contain even more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk. Almond, rice, organic soy, oat, flax, and hemp milks are a few options you can find in your local market. This will also lend a creamier consistency to your NutriBlasts that kids will love.
Incorporate these top 5 foods in a delicious, nutritious NutriBlast for your school kid! Make this brain-boosting NutriBlast and hand it to them as they’re heading out the door if strapped for time, or sit down together for breakfast with individual Blasts for every member of the family. It’s the perfect start to the day!
Berry Brain Boost NutriBlast
- 25% spinach
- ½ banana
- ½ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup strawberries
- ¼ cup raw walnuts
- 3 Tbsp gluten-free rolled oats
- Unsweetened almond milk to the MAX line
Blast for 45 seconds.