We hear the saying all the time, but what is brain food exactly? Glad you asked! Turns out the old adage "you are what you eat" is true. Amino acids, fatty acids and antioxidants are all things linked to interacting with the brain in a positive manner- thus, the catchy term "brain food" was born.
Feed your mind, boost your focus and memory with the help of the five following delicious meals packed with all of the above.
Fish in general (specifically oily fish) is great for improving brain function and may even lower your risk of Alzheimer's down the line. We'll spare you the scientific details, but essentially DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is an omega 3 fatty acid present in fish like tuna and salmon that serve an important function in regulating your neurons. Around two servings of fish a week will do just the trick in keeping both your brain and belly happy. Got a big final or meeting coming up? Why don't you treat yourself to a nice lunch beforehand.
Salmon and other varieties of fish are loaded with omega-3 essential fatty acids, which is important for cognitive function. Around two servings a week should do the trick, so ready the chopsticks! There are a bevy of additional benefits to chowing down on sushi, least of which include potential lowered risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and more. Also, in our solar challenged city, we'll take all the vitamin d we can get (fish is one of the best sources for this), thanks.
Not only is avocado extremely delicious, it's also great for the old noggin. Everyone's favorite green fruit touts folate, monounsaturated fat (the good kind!), vitamin K, potassium and more. More avocado toast? You don't have to tell us twice. Mr. West's version does not skimp on the avocado and is topped with curry, mustard seed and lime. You can throw on an egg for an extra $2 or bacon for $3.
Blueberries are jam packed with antioxidants, which can work wonders for your noodle. Studies have shown that blueberries may help protect the brain from stress and may reduce cognitive impairment in later years. Also... who doesn't need a reason to include more pancakes in their diet? A hot cup of coffee and 5 Spot's blueberry pancakes are the perfect way to jumpstart your morning.
This formidable salad is chockful of the good stuff - namely broccoli and kale, noted brain foods. Also in the mix is brussel sprouts, carrots, spinach, hemp seeds, mulberries and more. Rest assured you'll feel like a million bucks after this meal.