Need some brain food? I’m sharing 3 foods that may help boost brain health plus a few recipes to help you get started.
Happy almost summer! If you’re like me you’re ready to give your brain a break – maybe on a beach? Or are you the mountains type? Before you check out, let me give you some food for thought.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, so I’m sharing a little brain food. If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s Disease, so this topic is close to my heart. With her in mind, I’m highlighting just a few foods that may help protect and boost brain health. To be clear, I can’t say eat this and you’ll never get dementia – the research just isn’t there yet. But these (and others) may help tip the scales and if nothing else, they are all nutritious options you should be eating anyway!
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Bring on the berries. You’ve probably heard that blueberries are good for brain health but don’t stop there. Blackberries, black raspberries, and blueberries all contain some of the highest amounts of anthocyanins – the healthy compound shown to protect the brain and possibly reduce the effects of conditions like dementia. It’s berry season here in the US, so now is the perfect time to make a cool treat like this Blueberry Ginger Lime Sorbet.
Focus on fish. Eat at least 2 servings of fish (of the non-fried variety) every week. Salmon, sardines, and Bluefin tuna are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good brain health. DHA (a type of omega 3 fatty acid) is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain. If you don’t eat fish, consider a fish oil or microalgae supplement to get your omega 3s.
Work in walnuts. Though other nuts are also healthy, walnuts give an extra brain boost from the omega 3 fats in the nuts. You can eat them as a snack, add them to salads or pasta (yes), or make a crispy walnut crust for chicken or fish like this Crispy Oven Fried Fish I made for client California Walnuts last month.
These are just a few foods to get you started. There are are many other foods and habits that can keep your brain in tip top shape – like staying social and physically active. But add these three into your daily rotation, and let me know what you think?
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