Takin’ Good Nutrition to the Bank – so, Smart!

You can bank on good nutrition as a smart choice. Eating healthy food can actually make you smarter! Spend the next minute finding out how to capitalize using these delicious insider tips.

 

Fruits
Invest in getting 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily routine. Eating more fruit may help your memory. That’s what researchers in France found when they looked at the diets of 2500 adults. Did you remember to pack some fruit in your lunch box today?

 

Protein
Protein helps boost brain performance. It’s like Lego for your brain. Proteins are the little blocks your brain needs to build structures like serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps you sleep or learn. Bonus!

Protein isn’t just for your biceps. Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Some families, particularly those relying on food banks, struggle to get access to protein and other healthy foods.

Where can you find more protein? Swap pasta for quinoa, toss seeds in your lunch, add chickpeas to pasta salad, switch to greek yogurt, refrigerated hard boiled eggs are a quick snack or, if there’s time, braised lentils are delicious!

 

Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables may be a worth adding in as a daily transaction for your brain. People who ate 1 to 2 servings of leafy green vegetables a day had the brain of someone 11 years younger than those who ate none, found researchers at the Rush University Medical Center.

 

The MIND Diet
There are more ways to make gains for your brain, suggests the MIND Diet. Designed by researchers, the MIND diet suggests it’s smart when you invest in these food groups: leafy green vegetables, berries, beans, nuts, seeds, omega-3s and olive oil.

Your brain will reap the dividends of your choice to bite into these clever nutritious insider tips. It’s smart to eat healthy!

 

 

References:
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011 – fruit intake and memory - http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2011/09/28/ajcn.111.014712.full.pdf
Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Sep;11(9):1015-22. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26086182
Leafy Greens Study - http://www.newswise.com/articles/eating-green-leafy-vegetables-keeps-mental-abilities-sharp
MIND Diet - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26086182

 

Emily Kinread