The latest food studies show that WALNUTS are at the top of the list of “brain foods.” Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles have found that eating a small handful of walnuts per day can improve your memory! And they help you to lose weight by filling you up with omega-3s.
The British newspaper The Telegraph reported today on six additional snacks that are good for the mind:
1) Along with walnuts, SALMON is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are important nutrients for the heart and the brain. If you can’t find wild caught salmon, you can also try fish oil supplements.
2) A study out of Tufts University showed that BLUEBERRIES can actually reverse memory loss, and improve balance and coordination. Antioxidants found in blueberries have also been shown to prevent macular degeneration and maintain eye health.
3) One of my favorite foods, AVOCADOS contain extremely healthy unsaturated fats, which help to keep brain cell membranes flexible. I like to spread avocado on rice cakes, or smash it with a little lemon and salt as guacamole into which I dip raw veggies like carrots and celery.
4) WHOLE GRAINS such as brown rice, quinoa, barley and oats (steel-cut or oat “groats)) provide another source of healthy brain food. Prepare your grains whole then refrigerate leftovers instead of reaching for bread or pasta.
5) People who eat lots of BROCCOLI perform better on memory tests. Here’s what the experts say about broccoli’s nutrients:
Vitamin K helps to strengthen cognitive abilities while Choline has been found to improve memory. Broccoli also includes a sizeable serving of folic acid, which can help ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that a lack of folic acid could lead to depression, so eating plenty of broccoli could also keep you happy.
6) Here’s the best news of all; DARK CHOCOLATE is great for your brain! The flavanols found in cocoa improve blood flow to the brain which improves cognitive function and verbal fluency in older adults. My favorite hot drink is to mix raw cocoa powder with almond milk. Drinking this throughout the day instead of eating is my best weight control secret!
Are you hungry now? What other brain foods do you enjoy?
With love and music, Gaili
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9 Replies to “7 SMART SNACKS!”
what about cookies, xxxx
How about granola/nut cookies? Sweetened with maple or agave syrup!
Great, I knew about those. Also raisins and apples are very good for you.
Yes Granola/nut cookies are great also raisins do wonders.
Yay! Are walnuts just as good for you when toasted? I like to make them into a savory snack, with herbs and spicy cayenne pepper like this recipe: http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/04/20/honey-rosemary-roasted-walnuts/
When cooking or toasting we lose a little nutrition. But with some foods such as spinach, lightly steaming it actually releases some nutrients you can’t access when eating it raw. I think a little toasting is probably fine in the case of nuts. That recipe looks amazing! I will try it too!
The Olive Oil and Rosemary Popcorn recipe at the bottom of this recipe looks yummy too 🙂
That and Pistachios and raisins,Aimee