8 Superfoods to Boost Your Child’s Brain Development

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If you’re looking for a way to give your child an advantage when it comes to schooling and mental development, consider this: food for thought. Not just any food will do when it comes to brain power, however. These eight foods are proven superfoods when it comes to memory, function, and performance of the brain.

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1. Eggs

Protein, Omega 3’s, and zinc, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxes the brain, are all provided in eggs. Scrambled, boiled, or sunny-side up, every egg’s a winner where the brain is concerned.

2. Spinach

If your kids aren’t into salads, it’s easy to slip this superfood into a smoothie or a casserole – or try this tasty quiche  from Remodelaholic. Spinach is full of flavonoids, which are great “protectors” of the brain.

3. Water

Okay, it’s not exactly a “food”, but water is essential to cognitive performance and nerve function. Keeping kids hydrated helps them avoid that rundown feeling that can sometimes hit during the day.

4. Fortified cereals

A good source of vitamin B12, fortified cereals can actually help a child’s memory. Plus, a low-sugar cereal can be more than just a healthy breakfast – it’s great for snacking too.

5. Berries

The evidence that various berries aid in the retention and improvement of short-term memory is growing. Blueberries and strawberries are easy finger foods for little hands.

6. Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E and Omega 3’s are just two of the reasons you should add these natural snacks to your child’s diet. Raw is best, but it never hurts to try something new, like this recipe from Pixels and Crumbs.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains good carbohydrates that very slowly release glucose, which is a major nutrient for brain function. The slow-release ensures that this boost is a lasting one and helps your kids stay focused longer.

8. Fish

Nothing beats the omega 3’s and essential fatty acids found in a good bit of wild salmon. If your child is hesitant to eat it, try a couple of new recipes that include things he/she does enjoy. A fish taco with fruit salsa, baked homemade “fishsticks” or an old favorite like a tuna (or swap canned tuna for canned salmon) sandwich are great places to start.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Resources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/026273_spinach_cancer_brain.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/best-foods-kids-brains

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain

http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Brain-foods-help-send-kids-to-the-he-2138005.php

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200307/flavonoids-antioxidants-help-the-mind

Feature image via Better Homes and Gardens

Make Your Own Chick in Egg Easter Craft

Make Your Own Chick in Egg Easter Craft | Tipsaholic.com #holiday #craft #egg #kids #easter

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It’s not hard to hatch this fun project. The steps are easy and the supplies are cheap, cheap, cheap! This fun and creative Easter craft idea was sent in to be featured by FamilyFun Magazine!

You will need:

Chick
orange felt
yellow pom-poms
black dimensional paint
glue
scissors

Egg
clothes hanger
cooking spray
balloon
perle cotton string
clothespin
white glue
paper plate

Follow the instructions below, or check out this great video tutorial!

1.     Make a chick by gluing together two yellow pom-poms. Glue on a felt beak and feet. Add eyes with dimensional fabric paint. Let dry.

2.     Insert the chick into a pre-stretched balloon. Blow up the balloon until it’s the size of a tennis ball. Knot the balloon and spray it with a light coasting of cooking spray.

3.     Cut perle cotton string into six or seven 2-foot lengths.

4.     Pour white glue into a paper plate. Dip a length of string into the glue to coat it, then run it between your thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Wrap it around the balloon. Add more crisscrossing strands until there are no gaps larger than the chick.

5.     Clip the knot of the balloon to hanger, and hang it up to dry (we hung ours from a shower curtain rod).

6.     With scissors, carefully pop the balloon and remove it.

 

Featured image courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine.

Make Your Own “All Ears” Easter Craft

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After the candy’s gone, your child can use a plastic egg to create a sweet bunny friend! This adorable Easter craft idea was sent in to be featured by FamilyFun Magazine!

You will need:
pipe cleaners
plastic Easter egg
glue
pom-poms
permanent marker

1.     First, bend a pipe cleaner in half. Open the plastic egg and push the ends of the pipe cleaner out through the two holes in the top of the egg.

2.     Bend each end into an ear shape, then inset the tips back through the holes.

3.     Cut a second pipe cleaner in half.

4.     Fold on piece in half and insert each end out through the holes in the base of the egg. Form each end into a foot.

5.     Glue a white pom-pom to the back of the egg, low enough so the bunny can lean against it.

6.     Add an expressive face with permanent marker.

 

Featured image courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine.

Egg Dyeing Basics – 5 Tips for Your Best Easter Eggs Ever

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  1. Preparing the eggs

Boiling the eggs for dyeing seems to be one of the trickiest parts of the whole Easter egg activity! Try this method from Incredible Egg  to get your best boiled egg ever and follow these simple guidelines:

  • Start your eggs off in cold water
  • Cover the eggs with water by at least an inch
  • Allow eggs to sit (off the burner) for 12-15 minutes after boiling
  • Dunk eggs in cold water to halt cooking

If you’d rather opt out of the boiling, you can try your hand at blowing the eggs out before dyeing with these tips from Tinkerlab.

  1. Egg dyes

Your typical Easter egg dyeing kits can usually be found at a local grocery store during March and April, or they can be purchased online, here. But if you don’t have time to make a run to the store or you’re just looking for something more natural, try some of these DIY egg dye recipes:

  1. Suggested egg dyeing tools

  • Tongs, slotted spoon, soup spoon, or “egg dipper” from a store-bought kit
  • Cups or containers for dye – make sure the containers you use are deep enough for an egg to be fully submerged and not overflow once an egg is dropped in.
  • Paper towels, newspaper, or for the messiest bunch – old towels!
  • A cooling rack, empty egg carton, or other item where dyed eggs can be left to dry – a special drying board can be made by pushing sewing pins or toothpicks into a piece of Styrofoam, as seen at Sunny by Design.
  1. Dyeing tips

  • Leave eggs submerged up to 5 minutes for lighter colored eggs and up to 10 minutes for darker
  • For two-tone and multi-colored eggs – always dye using the lightest color first
  • Follow the basics of the color wheel when layering colors – red and blue make purple, but purple and yellow make only brown.
  1. Adding designs

  • Add decals or sticker shapes before dyeing—like circle stickers to make a polka-dot egg
  • Use temporary tattoos to decorate your egg after it has dried
  • Draw on dry dyed eggs with permanent marker
  • Place rubber bands around eggs at various angles before dyeing
  • Draw on your eggs with a crayon before dyeing
  • Add olive oil to your color baths for a “marbled” look following this tutorial from Martha Stewart.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

Easy Microwaved Omelet Recipe

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Fast Budget Breakfast!  Easy Microwaved Omelet Recipe

Sometimes you are in a hurry before getting out the door in the morning.  Who am I kidding, isn’t that everyday?  Well you don’t have to go without a decent breakfast even when you  are in a hurry, and you also don’t have to eat some shelf stable bar that is loaded with sugar.

Try this simple Microwave Omelet for a hardy breakfast on the go, that is also budget friendly.

If you are in a hurry but still want a filling breakfast.  Try a microwave omelet for breakfast on the go.

2 eggs

2 tsp sour cream (or substitute milk, cream or cream cheese)

2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp chives (optional)

salt and pepper to taste.

 

Instructions:

Spray a coffee cup with cooking spray, beat the eggs, sour cream, cheese, chives (if adding) salt and pepper together in the cup.

Place the cup in the microwave.  Cook on high for 45 seconds.  Stir the eggs with a fork, cook again, stir repeat till the eggs are set.  But don’t overcook.

* If you know your morning is going to be hectic, try preparing the egg mixture in the cup the night before cover with saran wrap and in the morning pull out the eggs give them a quick whip and follow the cooking instructions! image source

Check out this post if you would like to see some 5 Great Tips for Cooking Great Eggs