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Bright Papers: Brain Food

March 09, 2010

Your brain is the commando for many important things you do. It controls your ability to think, speak, see, hear, remember things and feel stuff (like that the stove is hot when you touch it—ouch!). Quite a few big jobs for an organ that weighs just a little more than three pounds in a grownup!

Would you eat a food that could make you smarter? Though you probably said yes, there's really no such thing. But here are three ways that really work to boost your brainpower:

1. Eat carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are found in bread, cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, fruits and veggies. Your body turns the carbohydrates in these foods into blood glucose (blood sugar), which circulates around in your blood to deliver energy all around your body—including your brain! Your brain can't store any glucose to use later, so for a steady supply, it relies on you to eat right.

2. Always eat breakfast. Breakfast powers up your brain in the morning. It can help you pay attention better in school and maybe even do better on tests. (Sorry, you still have to study!)

3. Don't skip meals. If you go too long without eating, your body and brain will complain by making you feel tired and crabby—who needs that? To feel good, eat every four or five hours. When there's a super-long stretch between meals, a small snack can fill in the gap!

 

You'd be real smart to try these recipes:

Singapore "Silly String" Chicken Salad

Smashed Yukon Golds

Wacky Wafflewich

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