Do you find yourself forgetting the simple things? Ever have those days when you walk out your front door and completely space on where you’re headed?
During National Nutrition Month we’d like to talk about how eating right can actually help to improve your memory. Try adding more of these invigorating veggies, tasty treats, and supplemental sweets to your diet and we guarantee your noggin will surprise you.
Fish are friends and fuel!
According to National Nutrition Month resources (we suggest you check them out!) it’s recommended that the average adult consumes at least 8 ounces of seafood each week. Whether you prefer wild salmon, tuna, or trout not to worry your brain doesn’t have a specific preference. So why are our fishy friends so good for our brain? Because they contain an omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHC), that our brain’s need in order to function efficiently.
For our vegan and vegetarian friends no need to worry, fish isn’t the only source of the brain boosting DHC. Try adding flaxseeds or chia seeds into your daily diet as an alternative to fish. They’re a simple yet beneficial addition to smoothies, pudding and even salads. One thing to keep in mind however, all fatty acids are not the same. Flaxseed and chia seeds contain an omega-3 fatty acid known as ALA which the body breaks down in limited amounts. So if you’re not big on seafood for dinner, consider discussing with your doctor the benefits of adding an omega-3 supplement to your daily routine.
We all know how important antioxidants are for repairing our bodies. They help to detoxify and neutralize free radicals that can cause harm to our DNA. So how do we make sure we’re getting enough of these little warriors in our system?
Start by adding dark berries into your daily diet. Berries such as cherries, blueberries and blackberries are rich in anthocyanins and other flavonoids that not only fight off damaging molecules but boost memory function. Eat them frozen, blended, dried, or fresh from the vine and reap the benefits of these powerful fruits. Give our Cherry Banana Bomb Smoothie Bowl a try. The sweet and sour combination is sure to perk up those brain cells.
Veggies: The greener the better
Eating your greens just got easier. Vegetables contain brain-protective antioxidants, chemicals that aid in detoxing, and a boat-load of vitamins that help keep your body and brain nourished. If you have picky eaters at home try adding a scoop of our Organic Superfoods Powder into their favorite smoothie for an after school snack or as an easy out-the-door breakfast in the morning. They won’t believe we managed to hide 50 superfoods including broccoli, spinach, and kale into such a simple and delicious treat.
Chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa powder contains beneficial flavonoids that help to preserve cognitive abilities and keep your memory functioning better for longer! BONUS: Dark chocolate is shown to have a positive effect on mood. But you knew that already.