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4 Healthy Foods to Pack in Your Kid's Lunchbox (Page 2)

Oatmeal

For Breakfast: Oatmeal

Reams of studies show that fueling the brain with breakfast is important for thinking, acting and learning. And children who are undernourished perform poorly on cognitive tasks. But not just any breakfast will do: research shows that fueling your kids with slower-burning carbohydrates (also called low-glycemic-index foods) like oatmeal instead of faster-burning, or high-glycemic-index, breakfast foods (think: sugary cereals) helps them to maintain their concentration and attention throughout the school morning. If oatmeal isn’t popular, try bran cereals or whole-wheat bagels.

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