Brain Foods for Better Functioning

Brain Foods for Better Functioning

Nutrition is a key part of overall health. If you are trying to lose weight, maintain weight, you know that diet is just as important as exercise.  Did you know that you can also …. brain diet?  Certain foods are proven to contain essential nutrients to better your brain power. Keep these foods in mind next time you have a brain fart and it may be just the kick you need

Legumes – Legumes include lentils, peas, split peas and any type of bean. For those of us who are trying to avoid red meat (or at least minimize our intake), legumes are a great source of protein.

Blueberries – Those little blueberries pack in a lot of nutrients and health benefits. Studies show that blueberries have the ability to improve learning capacity and motor skills. Next time you have to study of a big exam, you should munch on some of these tasty berries.

A high carb lunch will make you sleepy and sluggish. Opt for a light meal with some quality protein, such as a salad with grilled chicken breast, and vegetables and hummus.

Nuts – Nuts are considered a “good fat,” which contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and fiber. But don’t eat too many of them, since they are high in fat. Almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, peanut butter, walnuts and cashews are all great snack items, but keep in mind the serving size.

Fruits and vegetables – How many times do you have to hear it? You can never eat too many fruits and veggies. Go for delicious fruits like apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, dates, grapes,oranges, peaches or pineapples. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, collard and other greens, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuces, potatoes, spinach and squash are excellent veggie options. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) recommends eating two cups (four servings) of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables (five servings) per day for an average 2,000-calorie per day diet.

HHS and USDA also suggests fewer calories and smarter food choices. When you eat, think about the fact what you are eating affects your body and your brain. Some foods can have great benefits while others may leave you unmotivated and lethargic. With the right foods, your brain can be in its best shape.

Josha Krueger is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, an AFPA Sports Nutrition Consultant, and owner of Kru Strength + Fitness.

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