As our little ones transition into toddlers we wanted to educate ourselves on wholesome diets and nutrient-rich foods to ensure that we are providing their brains with the necessary fuel they need to develop. Below we have compiled a list of beneficial foods that will support healthy brain development and can be used as a basis for those weekly meal prep ideas:
Breast milk: Breast milk is the best food for newborns and young infants as it provides all the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and development, including important fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that support brain development. It is recommended that you continue to breastfeed for 2 years and beyond, alongside eating other nutrient-rich foods.
Leafy greens: Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are high in folate, a B vitamin. Folate helps to support the growth and development of new brain cells.
Oily fish: Oily fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s play a key role in building brain cell membranes and supporting communication between brain cells.
Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of choline, a nutrient that is important for brain development and function. Choline helps to build and maintain healthy brain cell membranes and supports the production of neurotransmitters that are important for learning and memory.
Berries: Berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are high in antioxidants, which help to protect brain cells from damage and support healthy brain function. They also contain flavonoids, which have been shown to improve cognitive function and memory.
Whole grains: Whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice are a good source of complex carbohydrates, which provide the brain with a steady supply of energy. They also contain B vitamins and fiber which support healthy brain function.
Yogurt: Yogurt is a good source of probiotics which are beneficial bacteria that help to support a healthy gut microbiome. Studies have shown that a healthy gut microbiome is important for brain development.
We hope you find this information useful and feel inspired for new meal ideas. Please feel free to share your babies / toddler / children's meals with us on our social channel. We love to see the masterpieces you come up with! For further more detailed advice we recommend reaching out to a nutritionist.