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5 Brain-Healthy Back-To-School Lunches

These easy lunch ideas pack a punch of lutein to help support your child's learning and memory this school year.

Sep 13 2017

Sending your kids to school with a healthy lunch is one of the best ways to ensure they’ll get the nutrition they need to learn, stay focused and perform better in school. And some of the best “brain foods” your kids need are those that contain lutein.

Lutein (pronounced loo-teen) is a carotenoid, or plant pigment, found in many foods you have in your refrigerator alreadyleafy greens, brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and protein-rich eggs.

Lutein is not only beneficial for eye health, though. Pioneering research conducted by Abbott at the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) along with the University of Illinois, shows the amount of lutein in children’s eyes may have a direct link to brain development and learning skillsit may improve memory, and it may be associated with higher test scores. Read more about that, here.

You might think you don’t have enough time to pack healthy school lunches for your children, but these five ideas are all quick, easy and packed with the brain-boost of lutein your kids need.

This school year, skip the same old PB&J or turkey sandwiches and upgrade your kids’ lunchboxes with these lutein for lunch meals.

There’s something in this list for everyone, and your kids can help customize their own lunch based on this list of lutein-rich foods!

Shopping List: Lutein-rich foods

  • Spinach
  • Egg
  • Avocado
  • Kale
  • Romaine
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Garden peas
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Corn
  • Beets
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Okra
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Melons
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
     


School is in session, and that means your school supplies, clothing and gear are ready to go. But one last question remains: what will you pack for lunch?

Lutein for Lunch: 5 Brain-Healthy Back-to-School Lunches