Feel like you can’t think straight? Struggling to focus? It may be time to give your brain the food it really needs. Here are five easy-to-eat snacks that your brain (and body) will love:
High in many nutrients, including vitamins E and C, avos are also a brilliant source of the essential fats that protect nerve cells in the brain, reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow. Eat them straight up with vinegar, lemon and salt, add them to salads, stir them into pasta or rice, mash and scoop them with just about anything, or even blend them with banana, cocoa and a bit of honey for a delicious and healthy dessert.
Full of vitamin C and anti-oxidants, many berries, and especially blueberries, are great for improving memory, increasing learning capacity and helping the body to detox. Enjoy them as is, with yoghurt, in a smoothie or on your breakfast cereal.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E and pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc. Eat them raw or try dry-roasting them in a pan to give them a lovely toasted flavour. Add them to salads, sprinkle them on cereal or simply munch them as a snack.
Yet another food high in vitamin E which is so essential to the brain, nuts come in many varieties. Peanuts are a good start, but almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts and hazelnuts are even better. Buy them raw and eat them just like that, or roast them yourself to avoid the unhealthy oil many shop-bought nuts are roasted in. Nut butter also works really well on whole-wheat toast, crackers or even on a banana or an apple.
Yes, you read that right! Good quality dark chocolate improves blood flow to the brain, and helps you both think and speak better. It’s also high in anti-oxidants and caffeine, which improves focus, concentration and mood. Go for chocolate with cocoa solids of 70% or higher, and it’s best to keep it to a couple of squares a day, as most chocolate also contains sugar, too much of which will offset its health benefits.
These nutritious foods are a great way to start boosting your brainpower, both immediately and for the future as many of them protect against age-related brain disorders. Add them to your diet now, and enjoy their delicious taste along with their health benefits.