Our vision was to create nutritious frozen food to provide parents, grandparents and carers with the confidence that at last, a ready meal could not only be time saving but also highly nutritious. Our Nutritionist Jo selected the 'brain boosting' nutrients she wanted to prioritise, and Georgie set about making it happen, creating recipes from scratch and trialling various secret additions. We've combined both traditional and modern kitchen wisdom to ensure they taste sublime and offered a serious nutrient punch.
Supercharging our recipes
Our main aim was to merge the Cooking them Healthy ethos of 'supercharging' our recipes to meet nutritional needs. Our first Brain Boosting range targets primary school aged children, focusing on the key nutrients required to support optimal cognitive function, neurotransmitter production (brain chemical messengers which help to support our mood) and reduce anxiety.
Locking in nutrition
Our food is frozen as soon as it cooled, locking in the nutrients and preventing the need for pasteurisation which impacts the level and quality of vitamins and minerals in food, and eliminates the need to add undesirable artificial preservatives. Science tells us that frozen food is either as nutritious, or more so, that fresh food.
Our Key Brain Boosting Nutrients
All of our meals contain a generous proportion of protein. Protein provides the building blocks, known as amino acids, required for neurotransmitter production. Neurotransmitters are our brain chemical messengers which support mood, focus & concentration and reduce anxiety.
The group of 8 B vitamins all play a role in supporting cognitive function, central nervous system health and energy production. B vitamins are water soluble, which means they cannot be stored by our bodies therefore we require a regular source of them in our diet for good health.
All Smart Infused Fud meals contain between 30-50% of your child's daily requirement of at least one of family of the different B vitamins.
Vitamin B12 is important for healthy central nervous system function, the formation of red blood cells and for helping to convert the food our children eat into energy. Vitamin B12 is required to form new cells and for the normal functioning of our immune system.
A vitamin B12 deficiency in children will often present itself with non-specific symptoms such as developmental delays, irritability, lack of appetite, anaemia and weakness.
Adequate levels of folate are essential for brain function, and folate deficiency can lead to neurological disorders, such as depression and cognitive impairment.
Folate deficiency, mostly caused by low dietary intake, has been associated with a number of physiological abnormalities during development and adulthood.
Children's brains use niacin for energy and to function properly
Without question the Omega 3 fatty acid DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is the most well researched nutrient for supporting brain and cognitive function.
DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in cell membranes in our brains, however as the human body is not efficient at synthesizing DHA, we are largely dependent on getting DHA from our diet. Therefore it is important we are eating a sufficient amount regularly to support our needs.
Dietary deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in humans has been associated with increased risk of several mental disorders, including attention-deficit disorder, dyslexia, dementia, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
We are currently working on the ultimate Brain Boosting fish pie packed with Omega 3 and iodine which we are so excited to share with you. It tastes amazing!
Oily fish is the best source of DHA, as well as organic dairy, flaxseed, chia seeds & walnuts.
Iron is a mineral found in plants and animals and all living things. There are two sources of iron, heme which is from animal sources, and non-heme from plant sources. We know that heme iron is easier for the body to utilise. Vitamin C also helps our bodies to absorb iron. Iron an important component of hemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body. Iron gives hemoglobin the strength to "carry" (bind to) oxygen in the blood, so oxygen gets to where it needs to go. Without enough iron, the body can't make hemoglobin and makes fewer red blood cells. This is known as iron deficiency and means tissues and organs won't get the oxygen they need, resulting in fatigue, breathlessness and impaired cognitive function.
Zinc is an essential mineral, which means that your body does not make on its own. It supports cell growth, DNA synthesis and healthy immune function. Zinc deficiency may affect cognitive development by affecting attention levels, activity, neuropsychological behaviour and motor development. Some studies suggest that zinc deficiency may also be related to anxiety and depression. Zinc is important for our taste and smell, and also supports immune health resulting in less time off school!
Vitamin D acts like a hormone in our body and plays a key role in many important processes. In fact every cell in our body has a receptor for Vitamin D which tells us just how important it is. We also understand that Vitamin D is important for the production of serotonin, the happy hormone, in our brain. It also helps our bodies to absorb calcium important for bone health. Vitamin D deficiency is common and symptoms can be wide ranging and include low mood & depression, poor immunity and susceptibility to infection, aching bones and muscle pain.