Nutty Fudge Bars, Ice Cream Cones, Blueberry Blast Qualify As Brain Foods

'BRAIN FOOD' BLARES PARENTING MAGAZINE!

Color photos glimmer while your lips lick each other faster and faster. These snacks are packed with the superfoods your little genius needs. (And how about yourself?)

Nutty Fudge Bars are made from 1/2 cup of melted dark chocolate chips with 1/4 cup evaporated milk; stir until smooth. Set aside half the chocolate mixture.

Combine 20 crushed vanilla wafers, 1/2 cup mini-marshmallows, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Stir in half the melted chocolate. Keep stirring until combined, then press into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Pour reserved melted chocolate over the top to cover. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours,or until firm, and cut into squares.

BLUEBERRY BLAST

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and sprinkle granola in the bottom of each one. Stir blueberries into vanilla Greek yogurt and add honey to taste (for kids over one)). Divide yogurt mixture evenly between the liners. Freeze for three hours, or until firm.

AB&J CONES

Swirl almond butter and raspberry jam into slightly softened strawberry ice cream. Freeze for 30 minutes. Scoop into an ice cream cone and sprinkle with dark-chocolate chips, dried cranberries and almond slivers.

Here are what each brain food will do:

"Dark chocolate encourages growth in the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning."

"The antioxidants in blueberries improve the brain's ability to retain new info."

"Almonds stimulate the production of dopamine, which increases motivation and focus."