I don’t know about you, but I know that I am always forgetting things. I forget that I need to pay bills until I am ready to go to bed, I forget what I need to do the next day, and so on. Some people say this is just because I am a mom and I have “mom brain”. While this may be the case, I still would like to be able to remember things without having to set an alarm or write it down all the time.
That’s why when it comes to foods that will boost brain power I am seeking them out all the time when I go to the store. I have been looking around for a while and I have found 10 great foods to boost brain power, and I thought that I would share with you how I use each of these.
- Olive oil. I use olive oil almost any time I need oil for baking. I make chicken and vegetables and pour a little bit of olive oil over everything and toss it a little. It not only gives it a little flavor and moisture, it is also a great oil to help boost brain power.
- Coconut oil. I have talked about all the great uses of coconut oil before. If I need to fry something, such as a stir fry, I will use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I also use it in place of butter sometimes, for example, if I make grilled cheese. It sounds strange, but it really doesn’t taste bad and again, it’s a great brain boost!
- Salmon. We all know that fish is great for you, but salmon is full of Omega-3 DHA oils, which is great for your brain. Bonus if you are eating salmon while you are pregnant because it’s also great for your baby’s brain. Another bonus if you can get your toddler to eat it!
- Blueberries. Blueberries are full of antioxidants that protect your brain. They are fruit, so if you like them you can eat them fresh, but if you are like me, you don’t really care for them. Another great way to eat blueberries is to freeze them and make them into a smoothie, throw some strawberries in there and have yourself a mixed berry smoothie.
- Eggs. Eggs tend to get a bad rap, but really they are healthy. They have cholesterol, which many people think is bad, but there are good forms of cholesterol that helps to protect your brain. You shouldn’t eat a dozen eggs a day, but having an egg or two for breakfast could give your brain an extra boost in the morning.
- Kale. Kale is full of potassium, iron, and vitamins K, C, and A. Kale is an acquired taste, but you can mix a little of it with your regular salad, or just throw a handful in with your blueberry smoothie.
- Broccoli. Broccoli can help with detoxification and reducing inflammation. You can eat it raw, bake it with a little olive oil, or steam it, however you like it best.
- Spinach. Are you seeing a pattern yet? Basically, eat your greens! Spinach is full of vitamin K and folate. If you don’t like spinach, you can use it in place of lettuce on your sandwich, mix it with your salad, or throw some in your smoothie (just don’t put too much in your smoothie).
- Avocado. Avocado is another healthy fat that can boost brain power. Avocado is an acquired taste as well, personally, I can’t just eat avocado like some people can, but I mash it up and put it on toast or chop it up and put it in a salad and it’s pretty good!
- Almonds. Nuts, like fish, are full of healthy Omega-3 fatty oils and a lot of vitamin E. Personally I can eat almonds by the handful, but try to stay away from the salted and covered almonds.
As a bonus, red wine is full of polyphenols that can boost blood flow to the brain. Obviously, you don’t want to overdo it, but a glass of wine every now and then won’t hurt.
Once I started making eating at least one of these foods a day I have noticed that I have more energy and my memory is better. It’s still not great, so some of it may be from dealing with a 2-year-old all day, but they help. Keep in mind that these foods are not just good for your brain, they are also good for growing brains!
What foods do you eat that help boost brain power? Do you have any ideas on how to incorporate these into your daily diet?