You Are What You Eat?

Professional Chefs Share Best "Brain Food" Recipes

Foods That Can Literally Boost Your Brain Power in 2017

By: Samantha Suarez - Blogger

Most of us are aware of the age-old saying: "You are what you eat." In actuality, it's more like "your brain reacts to what you eat." Not quite as catchy, but far more backed up by science. And who doesn't love science?

The brain experts at Neurocore are alllll about the science behind what we eat — and helping people improve their meal planning and overall nutrition to be mentally sharp all year long.

We're partnering with some professional chefs to show easy, fun ways to incorporate brain foods into what you and your family eat. This New Year, wouldn't it be great to start off with a more powerful, better-functioning brain?

Why Should You Care About Brain Foods?

You might be thinking, "What does my diet have to do with my brain?" A lot. One simple example is to think about how you feel after you indulge in that holiday turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. You're ready for a nap, right? Your mind feels sluggish, sleepy and unable to process things as quickly.

As a matter of fact, everything about your overall well-being ties back to your brain. Think of it this way: You can be fit and strong, but also unhappy in life or underperforming at work or in school. So, while people may be tempted to think of diet as only benefiting your physical health, there are more important reasons to watch what you eat — it's not just about fitting into those skinny jeans!

BUT, a healthier brain could actually help you fit into your skinny pants. When your brain functions better and is more resilient to stress, your body is less likely to release an excess of adrenaline, which is a hormone that causes you to crave simple sugars. So a healthier brain could help you stop craving those sweets, bagels, chips and other unhealthy carbohydrates — you can say good-bye to stress eating!

Without further ado...

Here is Neurocore's list of brain foods that will help you eat your way to a healthier brain! Don't get too excited and expect these "superfoods" to give you X-Men-like powers, but they can help you be less sluggish, process information faster, and even lower your risk of stroke, Alzheimer's Disease and depression.

  1. Blueberries

    According to clinical research, blueberries may improve memory performance. You can thank the compound called anthocynanins for that. They are also rich other antioxidants which may help prevent brain diseases. To top it off, these compounds also protect our brains from degeneration and stress. So go ahead, snack on these little guys instead of munching on chips or donuts.

  2. Nuts

    A study by the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that nuts, especially walnuts, are full of vitamin E, which may help prevent cognitive decline. Time to go nuts for some nuts!

  3. Rosemary, turmeric and sage

    These herbs improve memory and concentration, as well as boost your antioxidant levels.

  4. Salmon, mackerel and tuna

    Research indicates eating fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids may slow down age-related loss of brain functioning. In fact, a 2003 study in the Archives of Neurology found that senior citizens who ate two fish meals per week had 13% less cognitive decline compared to seniors who didn’t regularly eat fish.

  5. Olive oil and coconut oil

    Olive oil is thought to improve learning, memory and age-related diseases, while coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory for brains.

  6. Dark, leafy vegetables (such as spinach, kale and romaine lettuce)

    Just as Popeye says, “I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eat me my spinach!” That big-chinned cartoon sailor was onto something. Research indicates that incorporating these leafy delights into your diet may keep dementia at bay.

  7. Tomatoes

    No, this isn’t an excuse to eat pizza everyday because they contain tomato sauce… but these little red fruits, once used as a device to express disdain at old-timey stage performers, are actually very rich in lycopene, an antioxidant thought to protect brain cells from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

  8. Beets

    Not only are they delicious in salads, but they also aid in getting your brain the blood it needs to stay sharp! Other studies suggest they also promote neuron growth in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.

  9. Bone Broth

    The cavemen had it right all along! Because bone broth is full of collagen (and 30% of our bodies’ protein consists of this), it may act as a “gut healer.” According to research by clinical nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe, gut health and brain health are highly connected to each other. And, gut-healing is thought to help lower anxiety and other mood-related disorders.

  10. Avocado

    Surprise, surprise; avocados made the list. In all fairness, there is a reason for this fruit’s trendiness in the culinary industry. They’re rich in the “good kind” of fat (monounsaturated). According to a study by the University of Vermont, replacing a diet full of saturated fat with more monounsaturated fat is said to improve your overall mood, as well as reduce the risk of depression.

  11. Beans

    While the old song is true: the more you eat, the more you toot — the benefits may be worth the gassiness. Not only are they a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, but they also provide a steady supply of glucose to your brain, which helps keep it energized.

  12. Dark chocolate

    No, we’re not secretly just a bunch of Oompa Loompas trying to sell you Willy Wonka propaganda. Dark chocolate has actually been shown to boost your mood and improve your brain functionality and memory. Fondue, anyone?

Some other brain superfoods include but are not limited to: coffee, tea, whole grains, broccoli and egg yolks.

Professional Chefs Weigh In!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could prepare meals using these healthy ingredients in a way that is both delicious and easy-to-prepare? Well, watch out for Neurocore’s upcoming list of 10 chefs who will be making 10 different recipes using these brain foods! These talented culinary experts, both seasoned and up-and-coming, include (recipe names submitted and voted upon by fans):

  1. Aaron Van Timmerren of “Bistro Bella Vita” — Neurocado

    See my recipe
  2. Chris Weimer of “Brewery Vivant” — Quinoa Make Thyme for the Salmon Bro

    See my recipe
  3. Beau Burnett of “” — Beets by Beau - Salad

    See my recipe
  4. Chris Doebler of “Bowdies Chophouse” — Power Balls

    See my recipe
  5. Kate Leeder of “Aperitivo” — Fishful Thinking

    See my recipe
  6. Ryan Martin of “Osteria Rossa” — Chef Martin's Maximized Mind Feast

    See my recipe
  7. Bob Waterbury of “Lazy Susan” —Eggnoggin Latkes

    See my recipe
  8. Patrick Conrade of “Sovengard” —Soupreme Beaning

    See my recipe
  9. Abby Therrien of “Terra” —Simply Bright Brained

    See my recipe
  10. EJ Martin of “Olives” — Not Your Mama's Baba

    See my recipe

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