If your family is walking out the door in a fog, it could be because they haven’t had a good dose of scrumptious brain foods to help them feel energized and focused. What’s food got to do with feeling focused? Everything.
Let’s take a closer look at some food-related backup plans to help your family stay on top of their busy lives with the focus they desperately need. Food for thought, stick with USDA grade organic options for optimal taste and nutritional benefits.
TASTY BRAIN-FOOD TREATS
Most of us dream about eating desserts before our meals at one time or another. This guilty-pleasure is a great idea for kids when they are given nature’s delicious bounty of brain-empowering choices like:
Blueberries, those sweet little balls of juicy goodness are chock-full of antioxidants. Dense nutritional values in blueberries help protect the brain from free radicals that can wreak havoc on brain performance. Evidence suggests that blueberries assist the brain with learning. Go ahead! Pack a container of blueberries into your kids’ lunches for a great beginning to better focus.
Dark chocolate is an awesome dessert choice without all the added sugar. A word of caution for those who may be sensitive to caffeine – dark chocolate does contain small amounts of caffeine which can boost focus. Start at a 70% cacao range or higher to get maximum brain-loving Vitamin E and other antioxidants which help slow cognitive decline.
The truth about incorporating healthy fats is significantly at the top of the brain’s main focus-loving ingredients. Healthy fats enrich brain activity while bathing it in superior nutrition for better focus, sharper thinking, and speedier performance.
Organic avocados are rich and creamy fruits that come in different varieties. These pear-shaped darlings provide plenty of fiber and monounsaturated fats that help keep plaque build-up at bay. This allows for cleaner, smoother blood flow to the brain, keeping focus in-check. Spread avocado’s great, green goodness on sandwiches, crackers or eat right out of its skin.
Tickle your taste buds with a tropical treat of melt-in-your-mouth coconut oil. This diverse healthy fat not only cooks well, spreads well and tastes amazing; it also provides clean goodness free of chemicals, hydrogenated oils and other issues that may arise from unhealthy oils becoming rancid. According to https://bebrainfit.com, “Coconut oil uniquely consists of medium-chain triglycerides which are smaller and can be used as a backup source of energy.” More energy for the body means better focus for the brain.
Quality products jump start the brain. Try this recipe to get your brain feeling its best:
DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE
2 very ripe avocados
4 ounces 70% cacao baking chocolate, melted*
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup almond milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Add favorite toppings like whipped cream, berries, nuts, etc.
Puree all ingredients except toppings. Spoon into ramekins, chill and serve.