It’s no secret that I love food. I love cooking it and I especially love eating it. Lately I’ve also tried being more health conscious (you know, New Years resolutions…). So it got me thinking – are there foods you can eat to help with creativity? According to this article by 1st Web Designer, there are! The key is to eat foods that are good for your brain.
- 1. Berries: Rich in antioxidants, berries help to improve mental function and reverse signs of aging. Plus, they’re yummy!
- 2. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants (twice as many as in strawberries!). Since it’s made from a plant, it contains many of the same health benefits as you’d get from vegetables. It’s better for you than milk chocolate because it’s more natural and has less additives. Dark chocolate covered berries, anyone?
- 3. Nuts: There are many great nutrients in nuts that help with insomnia, mental clarity, memory and brain function.
- 4. Salmon: Wild salmon contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of Omega-3 fatty acid that makes up the majority of polyunsaturated fats in the brain and retina. Our bodies can’t produce DHA, so eating salmon is a fantastic source!
- 5. Eggs: You should never skip breakfast, so why not make a couple eggs in the morning? The nutrients in eggs help with memory and cognitive function.
- 6. Coffee: Usually you don’t hear great things about drinking coffee but in addition to giving you a little mental boost, coffee may even help prevent high cholesterol.
- 7. Avocado: I have been obsessed with avocados this year. They are widely regarded as a superfood because of how high in nutrients they are. Folate in avocados helps with your brain function and memory. Here’s a great brain-healthy recipe: Baked eggs in avocados.
- 8. Broccoli: It’s just good for you.
- 9. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene which is great for keeping your brain sharp. Lycopene has been shown to help dementia and possibly even prevent cancer.
- 10. Spinach: Another superfood, spinach also contains great nutrients for brain health and cancer prevention.
Being healthy doesn’t have to be dreadful – all of these foods are awesome for your brain AND delicious! The last diet suggestion for mental health: cheat days! I’m a strong believer in once-a-week cheat days. Allowing yourself bad foods occasionally can keep you sane. My favorite cheat food is pizza. What’s yours?