Meals For Your Body and Mind
It’s important that we get as much as we can from our food, as healthy foods can benefit us both physically and mentally. Here are the top foods you should be including in your daily meals for your body and mind.
Body and Brain Food
Grains including oats, black rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth all provide amino acids and protein that the body needs to stay healthy. They also contain B vitamins, fibre, and magnesium, which helps calm you down and also provides a natural, steady energy that caffeine, sugar, processed foods and meat or eggs certainly do not. Enjoy them hot, soaked overnight, or bake them into a healthy breakfast dish of choice. A quinoa salad makes a great lunch option.
Root vegetables, along with foods like garlic and turmeric, help to calm the body, provide steady energy, and relieve mental stress that comes from eating too many stimulating foods. Try having a roasted sweet potato, some stewed onions, winter squash, turmeric, ginger, or some roasted beets and experience the amazing effects these foods have on our health. Carrots and turnips are other great options to enjoy too. Enjoy both sweet potato and quinoa in one meal in a superfood salad.
When we get older, our brains begin to shrink due to something called brain atrophy. We can fight against this natural process by eating eggs, which are full of vitamin B12 as well as lecithin. Vitamin B12 helps to fight against brain shrinkage, which is often seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Eggs, though unhealthy if you eat too many of them, are full of essential fatty acids. The yolk is also high in choline, which is a very important building block of brain cells. Choline can help improve your memory. Eating 1-2 egg products a day can be great brain food, so get your daily dose of eggs at breakfast with a tasty eggs benedict.
Eating fish overall is greatly beneficial for your brain. Fish is full of Omega-3, which is a fatty acid known to be highly beneficial to the body in various aspects. Eating one serving of fish a week can highly decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3s coat neurons with good fat, allowing them to move easily throughout the brain. Omega-3s also provides more oxygen to the brain, as well as allowing it to retain new information. The best fish to eat for brain health are salmon, tuna, and herring. A lean salmon fillet is a lighter and smarter option for dinner.
Fuel Your Mind and BodyIt’s so easy to incorporate a number of these different foods into your daily diet to start getting the most out of your meals. If you're not too keen on getting into the kitchen to experiment with