How we fuel our brains for maximum productivity
Food that will keep your mind sharp and help you stay on top of your busy schedule.
When you have back-to-back meetings and a to-do list as long as your arm, keeping your mind sharp and organised is vital! At Anouska & Co we love to snack – so what better way to keep you brain in shape than by eating healthy?
Here are some of our favourite brain foods for on the go:
Dynamite in a small package, blueberries are a super booster for your brain. In the last few years, scientific studies indicate that blueberries not only improve memory, but they even have the power to reverse memory loss - which is great for those days when you need to complete 25 different tasks before lunchtime. They are also packed to the brim with antioxidants and taste delicious! What’s not to love?
Need an easy option for a quick lunch? Eggs. Wherever possible, ensure that your eggs are free-range and organic: even better, why not house chickens of your own for a private supply of happy, healthy eggs? We love ours done simply: fried in coconut oil and accompanied by a slice of toast and side of avocado (another excellent brain food!). According to Swiss researchers, protein-rich foods like eggs - particularly the yolks - can improve overall cognitive performance.
An easy way to bulk out a salad or a hearty soup, lentils are bursting with folate, a B-vitamin proved to boost brain power. Don’t be afraid to experiment with them – they have so many uses and, done right, can be incredibly delicious.
We can all hear our mother’s voices ringing in our ears: ‘eat your greens!’, and this is once again proof that mothers do, in fact, know best. Research has shown that regular consumption of green, leafy vegetables can slow down cognitive decline. Mixed in a bowl with cherry tomatoes, toasted seeds, diced cucumber and topped off with a blend of olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes a powerful combination – on days when you are feeling a little more indulgent, throw in some Meredith’s goat’s feta!
One of the kings of the superfood world, nuts are a frequent on-the-go snack. We are particularly partial to a handful of cashews, that can provide nearly 10% of your daily value of iron. Another brain booster is the walnut: they are high in alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid.
It’s no secret that we love our bananas (albeit in different stages of ripeness – check out our 'meet the team' to find out who the banana snob of the office is), so it is a massive bonus that they are also wonderfully good for you. Delay the pre-lunch hunger and refuel your potassium levels with a delicious banana, while helping strengthen your neural pathways. Bananas are also an excellent source of some essential amino acids that help promote good mental health.
Let's be honest, this is our favourite item on the list: who says looking after your brain can’t taste delicious? In moderation, the cocoa in dark chocolate has been seen to improve verbal fluency and cognitive function while improving blood flow to the brain. So, treat yourself! Your brain will thank you!
Another fantastic source of potassium, stone fruits can improve eyesight and care for your nerves and muscles. Great for eating on the go or added to a summer salad, peaches are one of our most beloved stone fruits. Light and sweet tasting, peaches remind us of the summer sunshine and playing on the beach as kids, with peach juice dripping down our chins.
Not only do tomatoes taste fresh, but even their skin is good for you! Containing an antioxidant called lycopene, eating tomatoes can help to prevent dementia. Lycopene has also been seen to be a mood booster if incorporated as a regular part of your diet. We recommend eating your tomatoes cooked, because the cooking process makes the lycopene much easier for your body to absorb.