Smart Kids - Optimise your Child's Diet for their Learning & Development
  • Smart kids: optimise your child’s diet to support a healthy brain

    Children’s brains develop rapidly and providing the right nutrients to optimise their learning and development is vital for SMART KIDS

Take the test

If you’re not sure whether your child’s diet is supporting their brain health, take our free online Child Questionnaire and in 5 minutes you can view a personalised summary on how to optimise their diet to boost brain health, learning and development.

Steps for a healthy brain:

Food for the Brain encourages Four Golden Rules to help your child build a healthy brain. Learn about key nutrients to support optimal learning and development, as well as how to avoid hidden sugars, how to identify food allergies and which supplements can give an extra boost for the brain, alongside a healthy diet.

Access healthy recipes and lunch box ideas

Access our recipes for all meal times, as well as ideas for healthy weaning to provide your baby with the best start.

The Four Golden Rules for a Healthy Brain

Key dietary steps to support learning and development

Sugar is your brain’s super fuel. But you have to make sure your child is getting the RIGHT TYPES and RIGHT AMOUNT at the RIGHT TIME.

Too much ‘fast’ sugar means a blood sugar high and hyperactivity. The excess sugar in the blood gets dumped into storage as abdominal fat. Eating little and often helps keep your child’s energy and concentration even.

Too much sugar and your child may be hyperactive and find it hard to concentrate.

Too little and they may feel tiredirritable and find it hard to concentrate.

Choose slow-releasing carbohydrates and combine with protein

How to balance blood sugar?

Choose slow-releasing carbohydrates

Oats
Brown bread
Brown rice
Rye bread
Vegetables (Excluding potatoes and parsnips)
Whole wheat pasta

Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day

This will help to maintain your blood sugar levels, and prevent highs and lows.

Combine protein with carbohydrate

Protein slows down the absorption of sugars found in carbohydrates.

Oats with nuts and seeds or plain yoghurt
Berries with plain natural yoghurt
Wholemeal toast and an egg
Wholemeal toast with sardines
Crudites with hummus dip
Oat cakes and cottage cheese or hummus dip