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Did you resolve to get organized this year? Learn a new skill? Get healthier? No matter what you’ve resolved to do, strengthening your brainpower is the first step to staying motivated. So let’s get that gray matter into shape with these four brain foods!

Omega-3s

These fatty acids are essential to body functions, and have some pretty amazing side perks. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and increase cerebral circulation, making sure your brain gets plenty of oxygen. Get your share of Omega-3 fatty acids every week by setting a day to eat Omega-3-packed foods, like #FishlessFriday! Start out with these tasty Thai fishless sliders or these mini crabless cakes with remoulade.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which stimulates the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Studies have shown that a handful of blueberries can result in a 15-20% increase in attentiveness. So add blueberries into a lunchtime salad, and keep your brain powering through that mid-afternoon slump!

Green, Leafy Vegetables

Broccoli, kale, spinach, cauliflower, and cabbage all have a super nutrient in common – Vitamin K! This miracle vitamin has been identified as key to anti-aging, and prevention of cancer and heart disease. It has also shown to improve memory and help prevent Alzheimer’s. Cook up a super brain-powering stir fry with green vegetables, like this mandarin orange chick’n & broccoli stir fry.

Avocado

Avocados are packed with monosaturated fats that get the blood flowing and help keep your brain cell membranes flexible. This helps protect nerve cells in brain cells that help carry information. In short, avocado gets those synapses firing! Eat it up in this avocado pesto quesadilla with chick’n!

 

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/omega-3.aspx
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1212579/A-bowl-blueberries-day-keeps-brain-active-afternoon.html
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/avocado-brain-function-6231.html