19 Brain Boosting Superfoods for the Win!
Love Bugs! I’m so excited to share this post with you because it really highlights the impact of food when it comes to brain health, and why regularly supporting your body with brain boosting superfoods is so important! Your brain is the most expensive real estate in your body. It uses 20%-30% of the calories that you consume, and if you are someone who wants to look, and feel your best (especially in terms of cognitive function) you have to give your body high quality nutrition.
There's just no way to escape the truth of the matter. I chose this entrepreneurial career path in efforts to educate as many people as possible on the hard facts which are;
that you can exercise all you want,
think the right thoughts,
meditate until the cows come home,
and take all of the dietary supplements in the world-
but if you continue to eat unhealthily, your body will never function at its’ optimum level. Maintaining a diet consisting of highly processed foods that are laced with sugar, bad fats, and foods made from ingredients grown with pesticides + colored with artificial dyes and artificial preservatives will ensure that your body and brain will never work together as it’s intended to.
Today, I’m walking you through one of the largest big box grocery stores in the U.S, and educating you on the health benefits of the 19 most powerful brain boosting superfoods. Whether this helps you spot these foods out on your next haul, or you decide to shop from home- you’ll discover the long lasting health benefits of each item, & brands that I trust.
Raw almonds are the only nuts to contain a significant amount of Vitamin E which may help to reduce cognitive decline. They make the perfect salad topper and an easy go-to snack.
Cashews are extremely rich in antioxidants which allows them to aid with memory. Cashews can be blended into milk and cheese making it a total biohack substitute.
Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are super important for helping to maintain cognitive function. Perfect for movie nights in. Want make snack time fun with the kiddos? Crack your own!
4. Dark Chocolate
See... superfoods can be fun! Dark Chocolate is considered healthy because of its’ high antioxidant content. Rule of thumb here is: the darker the chocolate, the better. Chocolate also has caffeine, which stimulates the brain increasing alertness and focus.
Apples contain antioxidants in addition to fiber. Did you know? Fiber helps to keep us fuller longer so we eat less and ultimately loose weight.
I knew this one would make you smile. Avos are rich in omega-34 fatty acids which are important for helping to maintain cognitive function. Stash them in the fridge for a longer shelf life.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins, which is the compound that makes blueberries blue. They may also have an anti-diabetic effect. Add a handful to your daily water for infused benefits.
Spices are one of the foods with the highest levels of antioxidants, and of the spices- Cinnamon is at the top of the list. Antioxidants help to support memory. Many people pair cinnamon with sweets, but it actually has a kick to it. Add a dash to your bowl of chili for some extra heat.
Just like spices, herbs are also rich in antioxidants. Pasta sauce wouldn’t be the same without it!
10. Kale, Spinach, & Other Dark Leafy Greens
Kale, Spinach, and other dark leafy greens are rich in iron and phytonutrients (the naturally occurring chemicals in plants that may help prevent disease and keep your body working as it should.)
Coffee, much like chocolate also contains antioxidants and caffeine. With so many coffee brands on the market, quality is key. This Blue Moubtain Coffee sustainably sourced in Jamaica is one of my absolute favorites.
12. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with phytonutrients, fiber, and Vitamin A.
12. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil primarily consists of medium-chain fatty acids (MCT). There is evidence that links MCT to decreased symptoms of metabolic syndrome, in addition to weight loss. Being overweight is lined to decline in cognitive function, and so in this way coconut impacts brain health.
14. Olive Oil
Olive Oil is high in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats and offers protection against heart disease. Premium is always better. Many “olive oils” in the market are cut with other cheaper oils as the company’s way to cut costs. Colavita is top shelf and cold-pressed. You can literally taste the quality.
15. Chicken or Turkey, (skinless)
Skinless chicken or turkey is a great lean protein that helps you maintain a healthy weight. I always choose organic free-range chicken and turkey that is free from GMO.
When I opt to buy meat online I always order from The ButcherBox!
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and also help keep you lean. For more info on egg health benefits, how to choose, and how to store- click here.
Salmon is loaded with brain- boosting omega-3! Center cut, with skin on is my absolute favorite!
18. Shirataki Noodles
Ready for a game changer? If you haven’t heard of Shirataki Noodles yet, you’re missing out. Shirataki is not genetically engineered like many pasta substitutes. It’s made from the fiber of the Konnyaku Imo plant. They are composed of 97% water,3% fiber, and are naturally low in calories. Gluetan free, Vegan, Paleo.
19. Green Tea
Green Tea contains antioxidants and the metabolism-boosting compound called epigallocatechin gallate. It also containes L-theanine, which helps you to relax and focus at the same time. Many people opt for green tea over coffee because while it supports you with energy, it contains less caffeine.
I hope this list of brain-boosting superfoods inspires your shopping cart and your next meal whether you’re on a grocery haul at your local market, or wearing sweatpants on the couch!
Until next time!