The beauty about food and nutrition is that most foods are functional. This means that they serve a purpose for our bodies and our minds. Today, we’re going to focus on food for the mind. The ultimate brain food looks suspiciously like a brain…you guessed it: walnuts!
Walnuts contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in salmon. No need to be afraid; these are the “good” fats that protect us not only from heart disease, but from depression and dementia as well. Eating walnuts has been linked to improving day to day brain function. Food that tastes great and makes us smarter, too? Sign me up! Omega-3s are the building blocks of the brain, and our body doesn’t make them on its own. That’s why it is so important that we get these omega-3 fatty acids from foods such as walnuts.
Walnuts also contain twice as many antioxidants than other nuts (such as peanuts and pistachios). Antioxidants help clean up our bodies from harmful free radicals. Now that’s my kind of full body cleanse!
Feeling the need to have some brain food in your life? Here’s a quick and easy recipe that incorporates walnuts and other antioxidant-rich foods:
Antioxidant Trail Mix
½ cup walnuts
½ cup almonds
½ cup dried tart cherries (no sugar added)
½ cup dark chocolate chips
Combine and enjoy the antioxidant-boosted benefits!
Serving size is ¼ cup of trail mix.
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