This fall, after getting back-to-routine after the busy summer months, consumers will be searching for nourishing foods to fuel their focus. How can food contribute to increased focus? A recent article from the University of Alberta suggests adding more protein-rich foods to meals and snacks.
In a recent interview, Heidi Bates, director of the University of Alberta’s dietitian practicum program, shared tips on how to maximize learning capacity through food. In addition to eating every two to three hours to maintain focus, the University’s registered dietitians recommend including a protein source in every single meal and snack consumed throughout the day.
Protein, however, can be expensive – especially in today’s economic climate. Fortunately, peanuts and peanut butter can pack a protein punch without hurting consumers’ wallets. In fact, peanuts contain more protein than any other nut available, with 12 grams of high-quality plant-based protein per 50-gram serving. And while many schools don’t allow peanut products in classrooms, peanut butter on toast or with apple slices can make an excellent focus-enhancing breakfast or after-school snack for kids, with 4 grams of protein per 1 tbsp (15 mL) serving. You can find more protein-rich recipes and snack ideas with peanuts and peanut butter to share with your consumers here.