5 Brain-Boosting Superfoods

By Audrey Lintner
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Look, up on the table! It’s a snack, it’s an entrée, it’s …

SUPERFOOD!


Yes, superfood. Wholesome, tasty, and a must for every mental menu. By adding some or all of the following foods to your daily diet, you can clear the cranial clutter that keeps your brain from working at full power.

Go fishing. As Doctor Kat told us, essential fatty acids such as DHA are found in deep-water fish such as salmon. By treating yourself to fish that’s not served in breaded stick form, you’re also treating your brain to some real food for thought.

Gra-a-i-ins! A healthy heart can mean a healthy brain. Proper circulation thanks to good cardiovascular health will provide your brain with the blood flow vital to its function. Since they also provide energy in the form of slow-release glucose, daily doses of whole grains are a good way to fight zombie-style brain fog.

Let’s get cracking!Some studies suggest that cognitive decline may be linked to a Vitamin E deficiency. You may be able to hold off the downhill trend with a serving of crunchy nuts, which are high in Vitamin E andflavor.

Have the blues.Skip the chocolate chip muffin and go for the blueberry. Loaded with antioxidants, blueberries are believed to improve cognitive processing and possibly even reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. In pancakes, on salads, or eaten out of hand; blueberries are just what the doctor ordered.

Pick a peck of pumpkin. With fall in full swing, now is the time to load up on pumpkin recipes. Don’t toss out the seeds, though! With the help of your oven, those little seeds can become a tasty, toasted snack that’s a great source of zinc. Popular in cold remedies, zinc is also beneficial for memory and critical thinking.

You don’t need hyper-caffeinated, extra-sugary drinks to stay sharp. The right diet can work wonders. While you’re feeding your brain, you might also take a moment to feast your eyes on the following links. Righteous Bacon is a blog by the amazing Diana Prichard. Celebrate National Farm to City Week by reading some of the best in real-life farming stories. Diana is also the author of The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, a “moooving” tale about a young boy, his breakfast guest, and a lesson in food sourcing.

Up for discussion: Which brain superfoods do you eat on a regular basis? Can you tell when you skip a serving?

5 thoughts on “5 Brain-Boosting Superfoods

  1. All good advice, Audrey, except the part about skipping the chocolate chips. I am going to pretend I didn’t hear that.
    Thank you!

  2. I eat almonds, blueberries, and a blend of chia seeds (Mila) regularly. If I go for a period of time without these, I get frustrated because I feel like I’m not taking care of my wellbeing. When I eat these foods I feel a sense of balance.

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