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Our kids are heading back to school in a few short weeks, so we’re taking some time to be intentional with their snacking. My daughters love applesauce, so I always keep pouches in the pantry. It feels good to know they can have a healthy snack anytime. Plus, the pouches make it convenient to grab them on the go, especially when traveling.
I recently discovered a new brand called Brainiac® that is shaking things up by creating snacks including Applesauce that are packed Omega-3s and choline, two nutrients that are vital for brain development and health for kids.
So in learning about Brainiac snacks, I found out how these super power nutrients fuel different parts of the brain and support different functions which are particularly important for children ages 4 – 12 including:
- Omega-3 DHA – An essential building block of brain cells which are critical in maintaining normal brain structure, function and metabolism. It has also been shown to improve cognition including reading performance, focus and verbal learning which are all super important particularly as kids are going back to school after a crazy year of zoom classes.
- Omega-3 EPA – The body doesn’t produce EPA on it’s own so it’s critical that we consume it through diet. Omega-3 EPA helps reduce inflammation in the brain and helps improve mood which is great in particular for hyperactive kiddos.
- Choline – Choline is critical in developing neurotransmitters in the brain and is shown to improve memory and learning.
The reason I’m so into Brainiac is that it’s REALLY hard to get these important nutrients into our kid’s meals. They’re found in things like salmon and broccoli… so yea we try to give these as much as possible, but it’s so amazing to have another healthy source!! In fact, most kids usually only get around 20% of their daily Omega-3 needs and with just one Applesauce pouch, they can get as much Omega-3 DHA as a kid’s serving of salmon and 2 cups of broccoli (which is 90% of the recommended daily intake of Omega-3s and 100% of their daily Choline needs!). That’s pretty much the best parenting hack I can think of!! Plus, they have 25mg of Vitamin C and no added sugar which means they’re also a great immunity booster.
Brainiac® is a B Corporation and is on a mission to make brain food accessible to all kids so they recently partnered with Partnership for a Healthier America, Michelle Obama’s non-profit organization. A portion of all Applesauce sales go back to Partnership for a Healthier America so love that they’re supporting local communities and spreading the word about how critical healthy, nutritious brain snacks are for kids.
Their Applesauce is now available at Walmart Supercenters nationwide and comes in three kid-approved flavors: ‘Mega Apple, Apple Strawberry, and Apple Cinnamon.
Think your kids would like Brainiac Applesauce? You can download a coupon to get a free 10-pack at Walmart here.