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Top 5 Brain Boosters

January 22

Top 5 Brain Boosters – How to Eat Smart & Feel Good:

Garlic Parsley Spaghetti by Kimberly

Garlic Parsley Spaghetti by Kimberly

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are high in essential fatty acids that can help you ward off cravings or compulsive feelings. Have an urge for a cigarette or something sweet? Try popping a few macadamia nuts. Just don’t overdue it… each nut has about 18 calories and is 90% fat.
Try: Spinach Salad with Seared Scallops and Macadamia Nuts Recipe

Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is a great source of magnesium, which is a muscle relaxer and stress reliever. Dark varieties with at least 70% cocoa are also a great source of natural stimulants that increase the production of endorphins to enhance focus and concentration. Cocoa also releases dopamine to improve cognition and mood, while its high content of flavanol epicatechin improves blood supply to the brain.

Try: Dark Chocolate-Lime Souffle Recipe

Kale
Like chocolate, kale is high in magnesium. It’s also jam-packed with brain boosting nutrients such as iron and vitamin B6, which help convert tryptophan into serotonin – a brain chemical that boots mood and alertness.

Try: Braised Broccoli Rabe and Kale with Sauteed Leeks and Garlic Recipe

Garlic
Garlic is great for memory and exerts an antioxidant effect on the brain that can help protect against stroke and dementia. So try chomping on some garlic the next time you have an exam or just want to do something good for your brain.

Try: Garlic Parsley Spaghetti Recipe

Berries

Berries are a potent source of antioxidants that help boost cognition, coordination and memory. Blueberries (also known as “brain berries”) in particular help boost the strength of neuron signals and protect the brain from oxidative stress and degenerative disease. Blueberries are also high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, which means they’re safe for diabetics.
Try: Kick A** Vegan Lemon and Berry Cheesecake Recipe
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One Comment
  1. January 26 8:37 am

    Wow, so interesting. I’ve been trying in the new year to eat more foods that help my body. Thanks for this list!

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