With back to school season in full swing, we have been hearing tons of talk about the best ways to get prepared. So, we decided to share 14 brain foods to help you stay alert during your long days at school!
1. Whole grains
Whole grains are a great source glucose, which serves as energy in our bodies. Unlike refined grains, whole grains release glucose into our bloodstream slowly, so we remain energized and mentally alert all day long! Next time you are grocery store, stay strong and ignore that delicious-looking white bread and reach for its nutritious whole grain alternative!
Fish is loaded with omega-3 fats that your body unfortunately cannot produce naturally. Omega-3 helps to maintain healthy brain functions, reduce stress and improve your mood. If you are vegetarian, you can get your dose of omega-3 from plants and their oils, such as soybeans, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. If you are vegan try chia seeds and plant-based omega-3 supplements!
Beets have been found to increase blood-flow to your brain. Rich blood circulation to your brain bolsters brain function and helps to keep your mind focused and sharp. As an added benefit, you will be able to better handle stressful situations!
Blackcurrants are among the best sources of Vitamin C, which increases mental agility and protects against age-related brain degeneration. You can also get your daily dose of Vitamin C from broccoli and red peppers!
Blueberries have been found to improve one’s motor skills and learning capacity. Try to have at least 1 cup of blueberries a day – we love to put them in our granola at breakfast or simply eat them on their own as a mid-day snack!
6. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, which enhances memory and thinking skills. Pumpkin seeds also help to combat stress and boost your mood, plus they make a perfect and easy snack for school!
Broccoli and all other leafy greens are extremely nutrient dense and important to include in your diet because they help to enhance brainpower and cognitive function. In fact, people who eat lots of broccoli have been found to perform better on memory tests!
Avocados, just like beets, help to maintain a healthy blood flow and therefore brain. Avocado can also be prepared in a ton of creative ways – like guacamole, on toast or in a salad – so get creative!
Nuts are a great source of vitamin E, which helps to prevent cognitive decline. As an added bonus, they are a quick and filling snack, go nuts!
10. Dark chocolate
If your kids are begging for a treat in their lunch boxes, dark chocolate is a great compromise; it is both delicious and healthy! Dark chocolate acts as an antioxidant and helps to improve your concentration and mood!
11. Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is full of Vitamin K, which despite often being called the “forgotten vitamin”, is powerful when it comes to boosting brain function. Vitamin K can help improve mental function and concentration as well as protect your nerves against neural degeneration.
Celery is a powerful tool in calming inflammation in your brain, which is a primary cause of neurodegeneration. Stock up on celery to keep your brain healthy and lower your chances of age-related memory loss!
Tomatoes are a rich source of molecules that protect fat, including your brain since it’s mainly composed of fat. So, eating tomatoes will help improve your current brain functionality as well as keep it strong for many years to come – they even help prevent dementia! Pro tip: cook your tomatoes to maximize their benefits!
Much like tomatoes, cauliflower helps to prevent brain decline with age. Cauliflower may also reduce your brain’s vulnerability to toxins in childhood. On top of that, cauliflower is known to aid in brain development, cognitive function, learning and memory.