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Five Foods to Fend Off Winter Blues

Feb 5 2010 - 7:00am

Skiing, skating and snowman building are fun at first, but Winter's darkest days can take their toll on even the happiest people. While afternoons baking cookies and warming up with some homemade hot chocolate [1] can put a brief smile on your lil one's face, adding certain foods to their diet will provide them with longer lasting benefits. Check out five foods that may help keep the Winter blues at bay.

Folate

Mamas-to-be know that folic acid [2], or folate, is an essential part of the pregnancy prenatal cocktail. Once born, lil ones need to maintain their folate intake to ensure that the brain receives a steady blood flow. Foods like spinach, avocado, corn, and strawberries are all high in folic acid and can help ward off weakness and sluggishness caused by drops in blood flow to the brain.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to seasonal depression. Increasing a tot's intake of fatty fishes, flax seeds, and soy can improve their mood and help their health too.

Protein

Carbohydrates may give a wee one a quick boost of energy, but proteins, like low fat cheeses, lean meats, and eggs not only provide longer periods of energy, but help stimulate hormones that make the brain feel more alert.

Rosemary

Ordinary garden herbs, like rosemary, have been found to increase the flow of blood to the brain and thus improve moods.

Vitamin D

A lack of vitamin D — which can be obtained from direct sunlight, fortified milk, fatty fish, or fish liver oils — increases the risk of rickets, bone problems, heart disease, cholesterol issues, and diabetes. It has also been linked to seasonal depression. Ensuring that children get out in the sun – even on a cold day – and increasing their intake of fortified milk should help their moods.


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