It’s that time of year when school-aged children are starting back for their new semester. Are you one of those parents rushing around getting new school uniform, shoe fittings, books, stationery and sewing on name tags? You’re making sure that they have everything they need to be happy and do well in class.
Feeding their bodies with good nutritious food helps them thrive at school too. That’s where using raw honey can help.
Eating a healthy breakfast sustains a child until lunchtime meaning they can concentrate in class rather than being distracted by hunger. They are able to participate in physical activity too, and less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks, which helps maintain a healthy weight.
Slow release foods are best for this like whole grains and fresh fruit. Try to avoid sugary breakfast cereals which give a temporary sugar rush. When your children ask for a bit of sweetness, raw honey is the best solution. It’s the only natural sweetener with added nutrients and health-promoting enzymes (over 200) plus it provides slow-release energy to keep them going through the morning.
Don’t forget to lead by example and have a good breakfast with your children.
Healthy lunches are important to keep your children going all afternoon. Studies have shown that kids that eat food high in salt, sugar and bad fats do worse in test scores. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet keeps them out of the office of the school nurse too. Making their packed lunch colourful, varied and vibrant in taste and texture means that they won’t be tempted by less healthy options. Again a bit of healthier sweetness from raw honey can help. Add a sweet treat but don’t overdo it in quantity.
Eating unrefined sugar and carbohydrates can lead to an immediate sugar rush followed by lack of concentration and sleepiness a short time afterwards. This ‘brain fog’ can definitely affect a child’s performance in class which is why a slow release source of sweetness, like raw honey, is so important. Like all sweet things it’s best not to overdo it though.
Raw honey also aids the body’s absorption of calcium which is vital for brain cells to function properly. It also contains magnesium, potassium and B vitamins that help brain health. Read more How Raw Honey Helps Memory and Cognitive Function
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