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Brain Health - It's back-to-school time again

It's back-to-school time again, after a beautiful Kiwi summer, so what does your child's brain need to make sure they function to their potential at school?

Your brain doesn't handle sugar very well, and in fact, your brain works a lot better when fat fuels it – about 70% better than when it is fuelled by sugar (or refined carbohydrates).

For most people, your body is starting to run on fat by breakfast time, so eating a high-fat breakfast sets your body into a fat burning mode for the rest of the day. If you have a high carb breakfast (i.e. breakfast cereal) this sets your body into a sugar burning mode for the rest of the day and needing frequent snacks to keep you going.

So ideally you would send them off to school with them being fuelled by a high-fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate/sugar breakfast, including lots of healthy fats.

My recommendations for making a yummy breakfast that will appeal to kids, in only five minutes, include the following ingredients made into a smoothie:

Flax Magic oil - which is a rich source of both Omega-3 and Omega-6, which are the essential fatty acids needed to grow new brain cells and have optimum brain function.

Fruity Boost superfood powder – which is a rich source of antioxidants from freeze-dried fruits, along with minerals and dietary fibre. Antioxidants are really important for a healthy brain.

Live, full cream yoghurt – to supply high-quality protein for growing bodies and healthy probiotic bacteria for a healthy gut.

Coconut Cream – this provides the brain food needed to power them through their day. I personally use the Kara UHT brand for my breakfast smoothie.  This comes in a Tetra Pak, so it's free from nasty can liners. It is also the only brand I have found which uses only vegetable (rather than chemical) emulsifiers (and it tastes delicious).

Some fresh or frozen berry fruit – a smoothie made with the recipe below does taste delicious and will appeal to most children, but adding some whole berry fruit into the mix may increase the appeal. Try and avoid using a banana to sweeten it if you can. Bananas include more carbohydrate than you would ideally have at the beginning of the day. There is just a hint of stevia in Fruity Boost, to round out the flavour, but you may need to add a little more to the smoothie for it to appeal to your child.


Half serve organic yoghurt

Half serve organic milk

1 dessertspoon flax magic

2 teaspoons fruity boost superfood powder

1 – 2 tablespoons coconut cream

Half cup of berry fruit

My recommendations reflect the latest science, which is explained in more detail in my soon to be published book ‘Take Charge of your Happiness, Bellyfat and Sexiness – A Busy Woman’s Route to Wellness’

David Musgrave - Owner and Author