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8 Healthy Foods for a Healthy Brain

Brain Food by MyNutriCounter

8 Healthy Foods for The Brain

  1. Avocados

This fruit is one of the healthiest ones you can consume and it’s really flavoursome and versatile too. Avocados can get a bad rep due to their high fat content, but it’s important to note that these green powerhouses are packed with monounsaturated fats (or the ‘good’ kind), keeping blood sugar levels steady and your skin glowing. A couple of lovely recipes you can try are this Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup or this Avocado and Coconut Cream Smoothie.

  1. Beets

It might be their funny shape or memories of bad recipes eaten during childhood, but beets seem to be an intimidating food for many people, even vegetable lovers. That’s a shame, because these root vegetables are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat. A couple of wonderful recipes that contain beets are this scrumptious Steak with Beetroot Mash or Cauliflower & Beet Salad in Curry-Mustard Vinaigrette.

  1. Blueberries

Proving that great things do come in small packages. They’ve got so many great health benefits while tasting like an all-natural candy! For starters, it’s one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods known to man, including vitamin C and vitamin K and fibre. Here’s a couple of nutritious desserts to help include them in your healthy regime: Blueberry Pudding, Jam and Custard and Raw Plum Trifle.

  1. Walnut

It turns out that eating walnuts can keep you from going nuts. Just munching on a few walnuts a day can improve your cognitive health. Their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals also improve mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer’s.  For a fresh and creative ways to eat walnuts, try this Apple & Walnut Salad.

  1. Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best brain foods out there. Thanks to its high levels of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp. It’s also loaded with vitamin C. In fact, just 150g/5.25oz provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fibre levels mean that you’ll feel full quickly too. These Boiled Eggs with Broccoli Soldiers and Coconut and Almond Broccoli Rice should both be on the ‘must try’ list.

  1. Salmon

If you like seafood, then this is a time to get excited, because salmon is one of the most nutritious, brain food-friendly foods out there! It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids to help keep your brain running smoothly and also improves memory. If you have kids, feeding them salmon can help prevent ADHD by improving their focus. And these same fatty acids can also help prevent cancer and kill tumours, not bad for a four-ounce serving of fish. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, then try this Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg dish.

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile and good for you foods out there. With 77 coconut oil uses and cures, there’s almost nothing that coconut oil can’t help. And when it comes to your brain, it’s full of benefits too. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation and it can help with memory loss as you age too. Try out these delicious and nutritious recipes that contain coconut oil: Split Pea Hummus with Coconut Naan Bread ,  Chocolate Coconut Bars or this Coconut and Almond Broccoli Rice. 

  1. Dark Chocolate

Not all chocolate is created equal; in fact, dark chocolate can actually be good for you! Chocolate is chockfull of flavones, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart. Skip milk and white chocolates and opt for a minimally processed dark chocolate with at least 70 percent of cocoa. A topping of coconut maple butter on some dark chocolate waffles is simply fantastic and another great alternative are these chocolate banana pops. Get the recipes here: Dark Chocolate Waffles with Coconut-Maple Butter and Chocolate Banana Pops.

We hope you include these foods into your diet to help keep your brain as agile and alert as it can be.

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