Brain Food

Your brain runs on blood sugar or glucose and everything we eat eventually is broken down into glucose in the body. Some foods are broken down more quickly (candy, soda) other foods take longer (eggs, whole grains)  An imbalance in blood sugar levels can cause you to feel irritable, inattentive, and sleepy which can affect the proper brain function we desire for school work. It is important to eat foods that take longer to break down within the body leaving a steady source of energy for the body to use. Examples are whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and legumes. Here are some foods that will help you focus throughout the day:

1. Avocados

Avocados contain monounsaturated fat (considered to be healthy fat), vitamin K, potassium and folate. Folate is essential for brain health and the maintenance of cognitive function, including memory.

2. Bananas

Bananas are a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. Bananas supply a high level of potassium to the brain, helping to keep oxygen levels normalized. A banana helps the brain function at its best by releasing energy slowly, and this helps keep the brain alert.

3. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is high in protein, which is important for brain function. Protein contains amino acids which are important for neurotransmitters which are the chemicals that will pass information around among brain cells.  It is also contains vitamin B3 and folate.

4. Oatmeal and Unsweetened Cereal Oatmeal and cereal provides complex carbs which are essential for regulation of blood sugar levels and brain function. They also contain protein and fiber which are essential nutrients for energy throughout the day. Milk with oatmeal or cereal enhances the nutrient value of your breakfast with sources of calcium and vitamin D which may help with memory and attention span throughout the day.

5. Walnuts Walnuts are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for the body and help maintain proper brain function throughout the day.

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be