Once in a while, we may feel uneasy or “hangry” because we haven’t had a meal. However, when it comes to your mood, your food choices and feelings go hand-in-hand more often than you might think.
Children are no different as they may throw tantrums because of their bad moods. Fortunately, you and those around you can be happier, healthier, and better energized with each bite, thanks to plenty of good foods that provide mood-boosting benefits.
A balanced breakfast to kickstart the day
Making sure that children have a balanced breakfast to start the day can improve their mood, memory, and energy throughout the day. Breakfast should include fruits, porridge, yoghurt or peanut butter and healthy fats such as avocado, eggs and nuts, so they get fuel for the day.
A healthy gut makes a happy child
Bacteria in your child’s gut plays an important role in their mental and physical well-being. The gut also produces most hormones responsible for balancing our moods, overall well-being, and happiness, which is why gut health is crucial to mood, brain health, and happiness.
Drinking water is key as children may find it difficult to concentrate or think clearly if they don’t drink enough fluids. They might also start to feel constipated if dehydrated, which puts no one in a good mood.
When parents lead by example and are creative with food, they can get their children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies help children stay physically and mentally healthy. Even just a few different colours of fruits and vegetables per day will ensure that children get a healthy mix of nutrients. Healthy digestion can be achieved by eating apples, beans or fruits with skin.
A treat can help lift any mood.
Whether your little ones are suffering from kiddies’ blues or simply experiencing a dip in morale, getting a boost of happiness is always a welcome feeling. A chocolate treat in small portions is a great way for the brain to release stress and make them feel happier.
Children can meet any challenge that comes their way, but when they are hungry or their body lacks vitamins, it’s hard to be in a good mood. To learn how caregivers can add a little more goodness to children’s diet and feed smart right from the start in a way that suits their lifestyle and budget, visit Nestlé for Healthier Kids.