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By the age of seven, a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens, according to Dr Aric Sigman.

The population’s vast use of games consoles, tablet computers, televisions, smart phones and laptops has been linked to obesity problems and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, he warned.

If your child is having difficulty concentrating in school you might want to look at his diet. 

All parents want their kids to have the energy they need to stay attentive at school or compete well in sports.  It might seem like your kids have too much energy, but that’s probably for a short period of time.  This is the short-burst of energy that is provided by foods that are high in sugar such as candy, cakes, and processed foods, NOT the prolonged energy that is balanced so they’re not flying high one minute and dropping like a lead balloon the next. If you want your kids to have just the right kind of energy you want, build foods into their diet that have the nutrients they need.

ACTIVE Kids are Healthy Kids

What are the healthy foods that give kids energy?

  • Complex Carbs

Unlike the simple sugars commonly found in candy, complex carbs are actually good for your body and are healthy foods for your kids.  Complex carbs are slow burning. Some examples of foods considered to be complex carbs are: Whole grains, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and squash. So you could give your kids pumpkin seeds, whole wheat crackers, or whole wheat toast if they are feeling a little sluggish. You can also give your kids energy by offering them some granola and yogurt if they are low on energy.

  • Fruits

Fruits are great healthy snacks to give kids when they need more energy. The good news is that most kids like fruit so it’s fairly easy to get them to eat fruit. Some fruits that they can eat for energy include apples, bananas, oranges, blueberries and watermelon. All of these healthy snack options are easy to find and can easily be cut up and stored so that they can be ready when your child’s energy supply gets depleted.

  • Water

Our bodies are made mostly of water. Sometimes we feel tired because we are dehydrated. A lot of times your kids do not know when they are dehydrated. Heck, a lot of adults don’t know when they are dehydrated. One quick way to get kids more energy is to get them to drink some water with lemon in it. The water will help with the hydration and the lemon will help give the water some taste if your kids don’t like the taste (or lack of taste) of water.

  • Nuts

Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, and walnuts are excellent sources of protein. These foods are great sources of energy. You could even get more bang for your buck by combining them with other high energy foods. You could take almond butter and slap it on some celery stalks for a delicious snack with veggies. You could also do a good old fashioned trail mix with a combination of these nuts plus some raisins.