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Studies have shown that snacking while studying helps the brain stay focused. But we have to choose the right ‘smart’ foods that our children would actually want to eat.
In order to solve this mystery, we consulted the kids themselves and found out what they wanted from their study snacks.
Have you ever prepared a wonderfully nutritious sandwich only to have your child ignore it and pick up a bag of biscuits or chips to munch on while studying instead? Before you get upset or question your culinary skills, listen to what the kids have to say!
“I prefer bite-sized snacks because they are easy to eat so I can continue studying while eating,” says Gloria, 13.
So the next time you prepare a snack for your kids to munch on while studying, make sure it is easy to eat as snacks that are more difficult to handle may distract them or dirty their books. Some ways to do this are to:
Jia Hui, 8, often munches on sweets while studying because he says it helps him from getting bored while doing his homework.
However, too much sugar in children’s diets will result in problems such as hyperactivity and obesity.
According to the Yearbook of Statistics Singapore 2010, 12.1 per cent of Primary 1 boys were obese in 2009 and 10.8 per cent of Primary 1 girls were obese in 2009.
Snacking on sweets that contain high amounts of sugar adds calories to your child’s diet and may lead to weight gain in the long run. Instead of letting your kids loose on sugary sweets, fruits are a great substitute as their high fiber content slows down sugar absorption into the body.
Also, try some of these healthier options, we guarantee your kids will enjoy just as much!
Let’s face it. Most of us munch on something while doing work because we feel stressed. Likewise, kids like Sarah, 12, always felt like eating while studying because she was worried about her PSLE examinations.
To calm her nerves, her parents gave her something warm and comforting after her revision every night to ensure that she had a good night’s rest.
You can do the same by giving your children their favourite comfort foods about an hour before they go to bed. Some suggestions are:
“Whenever I feel sleepy, I drink some ice water to make me feel awake and refreshed!” says Therese, 15. Besides waking your kids up with a cold drink, give them foods that produce longer lasting mental energy.
For our brains to stay alert, it needs glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. But take note that the brain requires a steady flow of energy that comes from whole grains, fruit and vegetables instead of the quick rush it gets from foods like potato chips and candy. Here are some tips to help your kids stay awake and alert:
Perhaps the most important criteria for a study snack is that kids enjoy the way it tastes. “To me, the best snacks are those that are yummy so I feel good while studying.” says Germaine, 10. And we totally agree! Try preparing these simple snacks:
So the next time you see your kids studying hard, prepare a study snack to help them stay alert and enjoy what they’re doing. Do check out our tips for parents preparing their kids for an exam.
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Hi I'm Sandra, a proud mummy of two beautiful kids and contributor to theAsianparent Singapore!
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