Saturday, 8 March 2014

Food for the Brain

  Eat for Your Brain

Did you know that you can eat certain foods to make your brain healthy? If your brain is healthy, it works better. If your brain works better, then you are smarter. Sounds good?

Here is a list of foods proven to benefit your brain - omega 3 fats, salmon, walnuts, fruit and vegetables especially including spinach, tomatoes, onions, blueberries and apples with their skin on, flax seed, chia, quinoa, barley and tumeric.

You know many of these and it is well worth getting to know some more. 

Gluten Free Seeds

Chia and quinoa are two of my favourites. These are both gluten free. Chia is a seed that is full of Omega 3. Use ground or whole seeds. Add to your breakfast for a good start to the day. Chia can be added to gluten free products to help them stick together.

Chia is different to Chai. Chai is a warm milky tea with spices in it. Chai, the drink, originated in India. Chia, the seed is food for the brain.

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wa, is a favourite of mine. It is a very small seed. Use quinoa flakes as a breakfast cereal or add to soups or stews to thicken. It is very easy to use. Readily available in the health food section of the supermarket. 

Foods to Avoid

Foods to avoid for brain health are trans fats, saturated fats, syrups and bleached flour. Bleached flour is white flour. Use whole grain flours, they are better for you. Syrups are full of sugar.

Start on your brain health now - eat something from this list each day!

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