Health Watch - Food and Feelings: Brain Food
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how food can be more than just fuel for the body. Proper nutrition is essential for a healthy body and for a healthy mind.
If you want to perform your best at school or at work, regular, healthy meals are key. Making a nutritious lunch for children can be a challenge because the foods that power the brain aren’t necessarily the foods that kids favor. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can start with protein from lean lunch meats, low-fat cheese or peanut butter on whole-grain bread. Other good lunch items include fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit cups, yogurt tubes and single-serving containers of cottage cheese. Pudding cups made with skim milk are good for a treat. If you or your kids have to have chips or candy, opt for baked chips and fun-sized candy bars.
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