Brain foods make you smarterRemember when you were in elementary school and your mom would tell you how important is to eat a hearty breakfast so that you would do well in school?  I remember thinking, oh yeah whatever. As a child you just don’t care about those things but as we become wiser through our years, we know that nutrition is very important for our overall health and well being. Linked to that is our brain health which is essential for succeeding in our studies.

Have you ever heard anyone say “that’s excellent brain food?” Well, believe it or not, there is a variety of foods that are indeed healthy for the brain and its functions.  According to BrainReady there are 5 specific foods that are optimum for brain health:

1. Wild Salmon

This superfood contains fatty acids and is high in protein. Salmon is low in saturated fats. It is known to improve brain matter.

2. Cacao Beans

Am I referring to chocolate?  As a mom, you are probably super excited that this is on the list. I know I was, being the chocoholic that I am….. Well, the cacao bean is mainly what is responsible for its brain benefits from antioxidants to flavenoids. Maybe your brain is calling for a cacao bean right now.

3. Green Tea Powder

Green tea offers a calming and stimulating effect for the brain. I say this is what we need when we are deep into our studies, especially being a mom, don’t you think? By the end of the day, our brains are on “mommy“ overload.

4. Acai Berries and Blueberries

These superfruits provide our brains with Omega-3’s and rich proteins. Oh, and they taste great.

5. Coffee Beans

Woohoo, coffee right? Be careful. All of those lovely coffees that are high in sugars and fats (i.e. like those at Starbucks) do not count. Boo, I know. To gain its wonderful benefits, coffee should be consumed straight from the bean, and, yes, by from the bean I mean black (blehhh). Not a fan — can you tell? No flavored cream, no sugar, no half-and-half, but black. But due to its antioxidants and vitamins as well, it is also a beneficial brain food. Start snackin’ on those coffee beans, moms. HA!

Would you ever consider making these foods part of your everyday diet if you knew that they indeed  boost your intelligence? I know that I am considering it even if it doesn’t sound very appetizing. Tell us what your favorite brains food are in the comments below!

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