Top 10 Brain Foods You Should Eat Daily to Stay Healthy

Top 10 Brain Foods You Should Eat Daily to Stay Healthy

Avocado

The monounsaturated fats in avocados help improve blood flow which then contributes to a healthy and happy brain. And while you can never go wrong with the simplicity of something like Alton Brown's Guacamole, you can use the subtly flavored fruit for a herbed avocado dip or even in a chocolate cake.

Blueberries

Often referred to as the "brain" berry, this fruit is high in antioxidants, which promote a powerful and healthy mind. Some research has suggested that eating more blueberries can improve memory in older adults at risk for dementia. Add them to your breakfast smoothie or try Anna Olson's Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes.

Beans and Legumes

An excellent source of complex carbohydrates, beans and most legumes help provide a steady supply of glucose for the brain. The glucose is used for energy and keeps the brain focused for a longer period of time. Reach for that can of chickpeas for an excellent source of magnesium, which aids in blood flow to the brain. You can even enjoy them as a snack like this recipe for Valerie Bertinelli's Fried Chickpeas With Sage and Parmesan.

Pumpkin Seeds

Loaded with zinc, these tasty seeds enhance memory and thinking skills. Enjoy them as part of this Nordic Oats With Pumpkin Seed Oil, add them to a salad or simply eat them on their own.

Salmon

Salmon and other fatty fish such as tuna and mackerel are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. What does this mean for your brain, you ask? Without a diet rich in omega-3s, a human brain cannot function to its best potential. Make these Grilled Salmon Steaks for dinner tonight or if fresh fish isn't available, canned salmon is a convenient way to incorporate more of this healthy food into your diet.

Dark Chocolate

Need an excuse to eat chocolate all the time? Here's your meal ticket! Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that are a type of antioxidant said to keep a healthy brain. These same flavonoids can be found in grapes, red wine, beer and apples. Savor a square with your afternoon coffee or try these Dark Chocolate Peanut Caramel Keto Protein Bars.

Broccoli

Tell the kids they're eating brain food next time you serve up broccoli at dinner. This green veggie is filled with antioxidants and plant compounds called carotenoids that are highly protective of the brain. While the florets more commonly end up on your dinner table like The Barefoot Contessa's Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, don't throw out those broccoli stems: they can also be transformed into some tasty dishes.

Coffee

Don't ditch your java habit just yet! Research shows that coffee drinkers reduce their odds of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. Not a coffee drinker? Try this Healthy Chocolate Tahini Coffee Granola instead.

Blackberries

Eating blackberries can help the brain soak up new information. The fruit contains polyphenols that encourage communication between neurons, allowing the brain to be more open to learning new things. Add some to your morning yogurt or serve them as part of a simple dessert like Anna Olson's Peach Blackberry Trifles.

Turmeric

Turmeric has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and depression. In studies, the vibrant yellow spice has been shown to improve memory function and help clear amyloid plaques in people with Alzheimer's disease. For those with depression, it boosts mood-improving serotonin and dopamine. It even helps in the growth of new brain cells. Add it to a curry or enjoy a warming Turmeric Latte.

Eggs

Eggs are rich in B vitamins and choline which are all tied to brain health. Egg yolks are high in choline, the micronutrient that helps regulate your mood, memory and mental function, while B vitamins slow the progression of age-related mental decline. Discover more ways to enjoy this kitchen staple with these creative ways to cook eggs.

Green Tea or Matcha

A cup of simple green tea or matcha has several brain-boosting benefits. Caffeine aids alertness and focus, antioxidants support brain function and the amino acid L-theanine helps reduce anxiety. While brewing a pot of green tea is the easiest way to enjoy it, you can also add it to breakfast bowls or Ultra-Creamy Avocado Smoothies.

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