Chef Nina’s Weekly Health Tip: Boost Your Brain Power!
Add these tasty brain boosters to your daily diet and watch your memory soar!
1. Almond Butter: Loading up on five or more servings of nuts per week could improve your memory, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. Almonds are packed with vitamin E, which is believed to fight oxidative damage in the brain that occurs naturally with age. Almond butter is so versatile, it’s easy to get in, on toast, celery sticks, in a smoothie. Which ever way you incorporate it know that you are doing your brain good!
2. Cabbage: Studies show that eating cruciferous vegetables (which include broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale) may be linked to lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease and mental deterioration. This might be in part because they are packed with compounds called glucosinolates, which appear to play a role in fighting forgetfulness. Aim to get a least two cups per week. Avoid overcooking them to preserve the most nutrients. Our VegOut VegBox always includes a cruciferous veggie.
3. Berries, Berries, Berries: These bite-size fruits are full of antioxidants like flavonoids and anthocyanins (say that ten times, fast), thought to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. At least two cups per week is a good start, added to your smoothie, eaten on their own or delicious in your morning oatmeal. There are so many ways to enjoy these nutritional bombs and keep oxygen getting to your brain!