I am a former AMI (Association Montessori lnternationale) educator with decades of experience teaching and observing children. My students became “three-feet tall” professors and taught me how fundamental nutrition is to concentration, behavior and inherent well-being.
As an educator, it was my good fortune to have a cozy little Casa Dei Bambini (children’s house), which ultimately became my nutritional laboratory. The children and I rolled up our sleeves and began preparing and serving food prior to class time. Combinations of food that positively impacted the children were watchfully documented.
An entire classroom changed from sufficiently engaged with a few stragglers to every child positively grounded in a meaningful activity – just by adding another ¾ cup of walnuts to the steel-cut oatmeal. I learned that proteins feed the brain better when they are complete and no amino acid — or child — gets left behind.