8 Tips For A Brain Healthy Breakfast

August 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Fried Egg Image by brokenarts on Stock.Xchng Eating a quality, balanced meal when you wake up goes a long way towards helping your brain’s cognitive function at its best, providing a boost in energy and nutrients that can set the tone for the whole day.

But what you eat matters as much or more than when…  Are your breakfast habits brain healthy?  Read on for 8 tips to keep your breakfast brain-healthy!

  1. Avoid the traditional high carb and sugar choices like pancakes and sweet rolls.   Sure, they bring your blood glucose and energy levels up with a bang,  but glucose levels will quickly drop off again, starting a roller coaster that can cause you to feel groggy and out of sorts all day.  (besides, glucose spikes put extra stress on the brain that may contribute to cognitive issues).
  2. Instead, opt for  proteins like eggs, which contain the brain-healthy nutrient choline, or other protein sources like ham, pork chops, lean sausage, or even lox ( since lox s salmon, it provides it’s own brain boosting benefits)
  3. Fruit is another traditional breakfast food that’s good for the brain, especially berries. A handful of blueberries are a great choice, but all of the berries are brain-boosters. Grapes, bananas, plums – all fruits provide their own unique mix of nutrients and benefits, so go for variety throughout the week.
  4. If you want jellly or jam on your toast,  pick up one of the no sugar added “all fruit” varieties -and again, look for the berries.
  5. Juices provide another way to work more fruit into your breakfast.  Look for blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate juices for extra boosts, but be sure they’re pure juice, and not a cocktail with added sugars.
  6. Whole grain cereals help keep cholestrol down, and improve your circulatory system, which in turn helps keep your brain sharp and functioning. Tosson some flax seed, wheat germ or berries for additional benefits.
  7. Omelettes, breakfast burritos, casseroles and quiche are creative ways to work not only eggs and other proteins into your meal, but also to introduce vitamin rich veggies like peppers.  Breakfast burritos and some casseroles can even be made a head and frozen, providing a fast-but-healthy option for those rushed mornings.
  8. Last but not least, luxuriate in that coffee without guilt! daily doses of caffeine provide more than just a temporary brain boost… it appears to have a long term protective effect on mental functions.

So….  what are you having for breakfast tomorrow? 😉

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A healthy mind and brain is key to a healthy, active life. Come along for the ride as we explore the basics of brain health, with topics including:
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