You probably know that hungry kids have a harder time in school, but the food-learning connection goes beyond growling tummies drowning out math. What your child eats affects how well he or she performs in school.
Studies show that deficiencies in certain nutrients and food groups, including essential vitamins, minerals, calcium and healthy proteins results in a reduced ability to pick up and store information, focus, and just generally thrive in academics, as does an excess of saturated fats, sodium and refined sugar [source: Chen].
To feed your child's first-grade brain, choose nutritious foods for breakfast before school and make sure lunch is healthy and well-balanced, whether you pack it or the cafeteria does the cooking. Lean proteins (like eggs, chicken or fish), fruits, vegetables and whole grains (not white bread!) are the essentials.
And finally, one of the core values of good parenting, first-grade style ...