Your brain relies heavily on your diet for nutrition and nourishment. What kind of foods have you been feeding your mental powerhouse?
Scientists have found countless connections between brain health and diet, suggesting that what we eat significantly affects the mind.
While there are no foods to turn you into Jimmy Neutron overnight, there are some brain foods you can eat more to keep your mind sharp.
Here are some healthy recipes to help enhance your brain power:
1. Baked Salmon with Dijon and Garlic
If you’ve been finding yourself increasingly moody and forgetful, you might want to add some more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids affect your brain’s performance and memory, as well as reduce your risk for cancer and heart disease.
Tuna and salmon are your go-to sources for omega-3s. Add this easy baked salmon dish recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen to your meal plan for that extra brain boost.
2. Cream of Broccoli Soup
Broccoli is packed with Vitamin K, which helps improve brain function. A decreased intake of Vitamin K may put you at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re a soup lover and want to give your brain a little boost, try this lighter version of cream of broccoli soup by Laura in the Kitchen.
3. Blueberry and Butternut Squash Couscous Salad
According to researchers from Tufts University, antioxidant-rich blueberries may improve coordination and reduce memory loss. While they are more commonly added to breakfast and dessert dishes, blueberries make a great spin to this couscous salad recipe from the US Highbush Blueberry Council.
4. Spinach Linguine with Walnut Sauce
A handful of walnuts everyday will go a long way to help you fight forgetfulness. Researchers from David Geffen School of Medicine found that people who ate walnuts regularly had better brain function than those who did not.
Not a fan of walnuts? Convert them into this no-cook walnut sauce to pair with your nutritious spinach pasta.
5. Pumpkin Seed Spinach Salad
Having adequate zinc intake is important in regulating brain cell communication and not having enough of this mineral may affect your ability to develop and retain memories.
Add more zinc to your diet by following this nutritious pumpkin seed salad recipe from Taste of Home.
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