1.Bananas. Studies suggest that this potassium-packed fruit may aid learning by making you more alert, normalizing your heartbeat, and sending more oxygen to your brain. High in fiber, bananas are also a satisfying snack food. I have one every morning and I put it in my Shakeology!
2.Salmon, sardines, and herring. Fatty fish are full of neuroprotective omega-3 fatty acids that aid communication between nerve cells to improve learning, retention, and memory. Omega-3 fats also help expand blood vessels to improve circulation and blood flow. If you don’t get enough omega-3 by eating fish, try meeting your omega-3 needs through a supplement, like Core Omega-3™. I really wish that I loved fish….but I don’t 😦
3.Grapes and blueberries. The antioxidant kings of the fruits and vegetables world, antioxidants have been linked to improvements in short-term memory and motor skills, and even reversals in age-related declines in balance and coordination.
4.Hot cocoa and green tea. While you’re warming your insides with hot cocoa and green tea, you’ll also be getting a heavy dose of antioxidants to protect your brain cells and reduce stress. If you’re in sunny California, like we are, green tea found in our Slimming Formula supplements may be more palatable. Since living out in Colorado, these two have become favorites of mine.
5.Whole grains and brown rice. Switching to whole-grain brown rice is a good way to slim down and wise up. Brown rice has a lower glycemic index number than white rice because of its fiber content, thus reducing its “sugar rush” effect. It’s also loaded with vitamin B6 and magnesium, which have been linked to improvements in cognitive health. I love adding veggies to my brown rice to give it more flavor. Onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.
6.Almonds and walnuts. Rich in omega-3, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these nuts can help you slim down by making you feel satiated longer—as long as you don’t overdo it as they’re also high in calories and fat.
7.Corn. Just one cup of corn will give you about 25 percent of your daily recommended value of thiamine (vitamin B1), which is essential for brain cell production and cognitive functions. A lack of thiamine has been shown to lead to senility and Alzheimer’s disease. Just remember to go easy on the artery-clogging condiments associated with corn.