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Even half a cup of blueberries per day can improve memory, coordination, and balance, research shows. You can also try strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries. These all have anthocyanins, antioxidants that may improve brain function and prevent a damaging imbalance of chemicals in the brain called oxidative stress. When they’re in season (usually around the time summer break ends), spend a day berry-picking at a local farm. Your kids will enjoy them more knowing that they helped put them in their lunch boxes.
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Just like white milk, fat-free chocolate milk is rich in vitamin D, calcium, and potassium, which most kids aren’t getting enough of, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Despite concerns that chocolate milk is too sugary, it has only six more grams of sugar than non-flavored milk—definitely a healthier option than soda and fruit drinks. Feel free to ignore these myths about eating dairy.