The old saying is, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what if I told you there are plenty of foods that are incredibly good for us, taste nice! And as a bonus they increase brain productivity. Of course Ronald Mcdonalds‘ old fashioned cheeseburger is a tasty treat that you might find yourself snacking on a few times a week. We’ve all been there. However, is Ron giving you all the ingredients you need to satisfy your brain? I don’t think so. Here are the top foods you can eat to get that brain of yours pumping
Salmon is literally packed with health benefits. Ranging from omega-3 essential fatty acids and an excellent source of high quality protein. There is a little story about the salmon being one of the smartest in the sea. Salmon are born in freshwater and usually spend a large portion of their lives exploring the open sea. Once they’re ready to spawn they head back to their birthplace. They’re said to have the memory of smell, which is why they’re considered a brain food. Did I mention they taste amazing to?
Okay firstly I have to admit avocado is by far one of my absolute favourite foods. If you’re in New Zealand right now you’ll know that they’re currently valued around $5-$6 in the supermarket which is seriously not okay! Anyway back to the point – Avocado is a highly fatty fruit, yes that’s right it’s fatty. Bonus – it’s a good fat. It is a monounsaturated fat, which according to studies contributes to a healthy blood flow. So of course, healthy blood flow means a healthy brain.
Nuts and seeds
These are excellent if you work in a job where you sit at a desk all day. Speaking from experience chewing on these puppies daily certainly keep me awake. They’re not only extremely entertaining but they’re a good source of Vitamin E.
Do we have anyone with a sweet tooth reading? These should more than likely satisfy your cravings. Studies suggest that indulging in these sweet treats may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Woohoo! You might actually remember what time that meeting was, will be? What?
As always, I’ve saved the best for last. If the blueberries aren’t quite satisfying your cravings, then not to worry. Dark chocolate is also considered a brain food containing powerful anti oxidant properties, natural stimulants and even a dose of caffeine all of which improve focus and concentration.
And that’s a wrap! (With salmon and avocado in it maybe?) Hopefully I’ve managed to convince you that eating even a slight bit healthier isn’t only good for the waistline, it’s actually beneficial for your brain as well.