Do you find yourself reaching for that second cup of coffee (or third or fourth) every day? Here are a few tips that can help to improve cognitive function, other than Seattle’s favorite caffeine fix.
Are you nuts about nuts? If you aren’t then you should jump on board with all nut fans. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E, which has been associated with increased memory performance. Nuts will provide you with protein, fiber and valuable unsaturated fats for an energy kick. Nuts are great added to your breakfast yogurt parfaits, oatmeal or cereal.
Many fruits are effective in giving us the energy to sprint through the day. One of the best fruits to consume for your brain is blueberries! Studies have shown that blueberries slow mental decline and improve short-term memory, balance, coordination and navigational skills.
3) Whole grains
Whole grains provide a gradual release of fuel; your energy will be consistent and balanced, so by day’s end you’ll feel less worn out. Check out this delicious Hearty Vegetable Pasta recipe that includes whole grains.
4) Leafy greens
According to studies, leafy greens hold a good amount of Vitamin K and beta-carotene that help give us an extra boost each day. The USDA recommends 1-2 servings of leafy greens. Some of our favorite leafy greens are kale, rainbow chard and collard greens. You can add these greens to any soup or salad, or use in our favorite Black Bean & Veggie Quesadillas!
What have you tried to keep your motor running throughout the day?
- “Blueberries Good for Your Blood Pressure and Brain,” Health & Nutrition Letter, Tufts University, August, 2016, Web.
- “Eating green leafy vegetables keeps mental abilities sharp,” ScienceDaily, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), August 3, 2016.