Do you want to relax, feel less stressed at work, or avoid those tears of frustration during exams? Vegan brain food will help. What better way of taking care of our busy brain than by feeding it the fuel it needs?
Love avocados? Did you know that besides their rich texture and flavor, avocados are loaded with vitamins? It’s a rich source of fiber, several B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium (source: Wikipedia). It’s also very versatile. You can eat it fresh with some chips, make a guacamole dip, use it in salads and you can even make a nice, creamy chocolate pudding with it.
Have you noticed that a walnut resembles a shriveled brain, in a way? 😉 And it’s marvelous brain food! They are packed with a high concentration of DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that improves brain health.
Walnuts make a great snack and I have also used them – ground in the food processor – for pie bases and vegan cheese recipes (when I ran out of almonds or cashews I used walnuts instead and it was just as good).
Blueberries, which are considered a “super food” contain vitamins A, C and K, several B vitamins, dietary fiber, and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, and calcium (source: Wikipedia). With their high concentration of antioxidants they help to balance the free radicals in our bodies.
Blueberries are great for smoothies, as dessert toppings, or a healthy snack.
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. They have also been linked to better gut health. (source: Healthline).
I love to use them for dessert.
Chia seeds can also be used for a refreshing drink. The recipe is easy.
- In a tall glass, squeeze half a lime
- Add one or two teaspoons of chia seeds (it depends on how much you want in it)
- Pour sparkling water over it and mix
It is one of the most refreshing drinks on a hot summer day. I love this!
These tiny seeds are pumped with health benefits, also high in antioxidants, magnesium and fiber, scientifically linked to reduced risk of certain cancers, can lower blood sugar levels, and may even improve heart health.
Last but not least, my favorite snack: chocolate! And I’m going to give you a list of reasons (or excuses 😉 ) to eat more of it.
- It’s a strong source of antioxidants
- May improve blood flow and lower blood pressure
- May reduce heart disease risk
- Can improve brain function
- May also protect your skin from the sun
The above mentioned points are all proven health benefits of chocolate. So, forget that feeling of guilt and break of a piece of that chocolate bar. You deserve it!
Just remember that it should be dark chocolate, NOT milk chocolate.
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A Few Tips
Instead of eating a chocolate bar, you could also break off a few small pieces and sprinkle them over your chia seed pudding.
Walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and blueberries could be mixed in with your granola in the morning
You could add blueberries to your chia seed pudding.
There are a lot more things you can do with these ingredients, I always say that the best meals are the ones that are improvised (and of which I rarely write down the recipes 😉 . Note to self, I must take notes when I’m improvising in the kitchen, so I can share it here 🙂