Eat Smart: 7 Best Foods for Brain Power
If you’re anything like me, you went through the first 20+ years of your life not needing to concern yourself with what you were eating or why. In my experience I was blessed with a hyper-health conscious mother so most of the “thinking” about what I should be eating was done by her.
And when I arrived at college the cafeteria food was surprisingly delicious (and healthy) so, again, I was able to chill out and just EAT!
The first time I really had to experiment with cooking and considering the foods that I should have on my plate every day was when I graduated and moved to Minneapolis to live on my own. Even at this stage I traveled much of the time so was able to order food from restaurants or room service (majorly spoiled). However, this is also when I started to learn that my own self control and decisions were actually now RESPONSIBLE for what I was eating, and hence what I was feeling.
This correlation between what I was eating and how I was feeling also started to hit home a bit harder. The days where I could party all night Saturday and wake up Sunday and get to work were over. I don’t know about you, but hangovers seemed to morph into a green hulking giant that liked to sit on my head and keep me in bed for the following 24 hours once I hit 23 years old or so (seriously unfortunate).
Although physically unpleasant at the time, my experiences reinforced how much food MATTERED and that given it was my responsibility to make my own food choices, I had better educate myself on what those should actually be.
Food can be used to enhance our physical, emotional and mental experiences to a huge degree. Today I want to share what you I’ve learned about how to enhance our MENTAL prowess, in particular. Why? Well when we’re out here busy conquering the world, solving complex problems and basically using our noggins for huge, powerful change, we need to make sure we’re not burning our brains out and are showing them love by feeding them what they need. I’m going to share my favorite brain foods below and also share a super easy, brain-focused smoothie recipe that is my go-to for myself and clients alike! If you follow me on IG (and watch my stories), you know this girl is all about making the healthiest foods as QUICKLY and EASILY as possible - and smoothies are a great way to pack a nutritional punch in each sip.
Okay, so first my favorite brainiac foods that are going to do more for you than that morning cup of coffee (I promise)..
- Wild Salmon A terrific natural source of the omega-3 oil DHA. DHA plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health of brain cells and actually helps to stimulate the growth of brain cells in the brain's memory center.
- Blueberries Power-packed with brain-protective antioxidants. Blueberries also help to reduce inflammation, a cornerstone of virtually all brain degenerative disorders.
- Turmeric Acts to turn on the parts of our DNA that help reduce inflammation. The important role of turmeric in brain health has been described in the Vedic texts dating back more than 3,000 years.
- Dandelion Greens Rich in prebiotic fiber, the specific type of fiber that helps nurture the growth of brain supportive gut bacteria.
- Kale A great low-carb vegetable that’s rich in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as potassium and iron.
- Avocado High in monounsaturated fats to protect brain cells. Avocado oil has been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
- Pumpkin seeds A rich source of zinc, a mineral that plays an important role in memory and overall brain function.
Second, if you like what you're reading and are curious about how you can make sure your brain is getting a dose of super-powered foods on a daily basis, check out this free recipe that I'm sharing with my community via download (just click the image or button below). I actually make this for my local boss lady clients and they LOVE it. I can't wait to hear what you have to say!
Now, go show your brain some love and make a mega batch of this brain boosting smoothie! It's perfect for storing in mason jars and throwing in your bag on your way out the door for a busy day! ;)
What are your favorite ways to give your body the fuel it needs? Are you big into meal prepping, buying ingredients and cooking a big meal each evening? I'm always looking for new ways to make eating smart EASY and affordable. Comment below with any tips you'd like to share with me & the SHC community and I can't wait to hear how you like the recipe!