This is a sponsored post on behalf of Abbott to help provide information about lutein to my readers. All opinions are mine. Enjoy!
I like smart kids, you like smart kids. We all like smart kids right? Well, did you know there is a “super nutrient” you can add to your kid’s diet that could boost their brain power? Lutein!
According to emerging research from Abbott and the University of Illinois at the Center for Nutrition Learning and Memory, chool-age children may see higher test scores when they eat more lutein, and the research suggests the amount of lutein present in preadolescent children’s eyes directly relates to their brain development and learning skills, which can predict performance on tests.”
Lutein is one of 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids – or, pigments – found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables. Many many studies have been done on the benefits of lutein for your eyes. But Abbott’s nutritional research is showing so many cognitive benefits as well Meaning those green leafy vegetables are not only good for your body, they’re good for brain too! You can read more about thee super awesome brain boosting lutein on the Abbott Nutrition Newsroom, here!
Now for the hard part, how to benefit from this awesome nutritional news? Eat yummy green vegetables like:
- Leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens, collard greens and romaine lettuce
- Garden peas & Brussels sprouts
Babies get their nutrition from breastmilk or formula, so moms should load up their plates with some of these awesome vegetables and check that formula label.
I lucked out with my toddler, he loves green vegetables. My school age daughter who needs the extra brain boost for class is the challenge. So we created a kid approved super easy lutein rich lunch that honestly has her begging for seconds!
Roasted Veggie Calzones & Melon
- Store bought pizza dough (bonus points for whole grain)
- Marinara Sauce
- Roast the Vegetables at 375 for 10 mins with Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper.
- Roll out the pizza dough into rectangles.
- Scoop out the Veggie Mixture onto half of the Rectangle.
- Add Sauce, Cheese, and Basil.
- Pinch corners together with a fork.
- Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes!
- Serve with sliced melon for a lutein rich yummy lunch!
Thank you Abbott for this yummy partnership and thank you for this awesome brain boosting good news!