You know I love the concept of functional food. When I was in school I would actually research what kinds of food would be best to eat before a test, following a hunch that there had to be a connection between the energy my brain had to work off of and the ability of it to function at high capacity. It was also a good compensation for not studying. I was a terrible student and needed all the test-taking help I could get! My cringe-worthy PSA-style video on the same subject is probably now at the bottom of a dusty pile of VHS archives in my high school. I still remember the manager of the local grocery store kicking me and a friend out for attempting to videotape her holding a piece of fish. Fish is brain food, btw.
So I really enjoy putting together my son's lunch for school and include foods that are high in antioxidants like berries and spinach. Yes, he eats the spinach. I also include mac and cheese or homemade pizza. It makes me feel good that I'm doing something to create an environment condusive for learning, and since my child is a genius it is obviously working. HA! :)
But while I always knew that antioxidant-rich foods like dark-colored greens and fruits were healthy, I didn't really understand why that was. This video really sums it up and drives home why a lunchable and pudding cup are more sabotage than treat for your little Einstein.