Every spring, our kids take standardized tests to gauge how they (and the school) are doing academically – and it can be a really stressful time. One of the best ways to prepare for testing time and help alleviate that anxiety? The right nutrition!
- 5th graders who ate a less nutritious diet performed worse on a standardized writing assessment.1
- Students who ate more fast food did worse on math and reading scores.2
- Students who ate healthy, fresh-prepared meals scored high on English and science tests!3
Poor nutrition also affects everyday school performance. Students with poor diets experience more illnesses, headaches and stomachaches – which leads to absences or problems concentrating. But access to healthy meals has been proven to increase concentration and energy levels, which helps our kids be more prepared when it’s time for standardized testing.
3 Guidelines for Choosing Brain Food
You can help your kids fuel their brains for testing – and practice healthy habits for a lifetime – with these three rules of thumb:
- First, understand the basics of balanced food using the MyPlate guide: Veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
- When grocery shopping, focus on the edges of the store to find fresh, nutrient-packed foods like dairy.
- Take advantage of school meals – breakfast as well as lunch. These meals meet high nutrition standards – and they’ll save you a lot of time as a parent.