5 Quick & Easy Brain-Healthy Snacks

April 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Looking for Brain Healthy Snacks? This isn't one of them ;) Image by mzacha on Stock.Xchng Snack foods. They’re typically high in salt, fats, and high-fructose corn syrup. The salt is hard on the heart, the sweeteners can spike glucose levels,  and long term, they can put your cognitive function at risk.  But snacking itself isn’t a bad idea – it keeps energy levels on an even keel throughout the day, making sure the brain is well supplied with the fuel it needs.  Luckily, substituting brain-healthier snack foods is simple and tasty.  Read on for  5 examples of healthy snack alternatives!

1. Grab a  handful of almonds and dried berries – look for unsweetened dried blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries in your grocery store.   Easy to carry in a ziplock bag, the berries add antioxidents and satisfy your sweet tooth, while almonds are rich in Omega-3’s, give you a crunch and a feeling of fullness from their healthy fats.  For even more variety, add walnuts, raisins, pumpkin and sunflower seeds – just try and choose unsalted, unsweetened  varieties!

2.  Try smoked wild salmon, or foil pouches of salmon and albacore tuna. Again, it’s easy to carry with you,  provides you with a mid-afternoon protein boost, and plenty of omega oils for an extra brain boost.

3. If you’re more adventurous with fish, try canned sardines, herring and kippers.  Opt for lower salt versions packed in water.

4. If your sweet tooth needs a fix, try the darkest chocolate you can find.  Yes, chocolate can actually be *good* for your brain if you eat it in moderation, keep the sugar content down and the cocoa content up.

5. Experiment with teas. Herbal teas come in a wide variety of types and flavors – green teas are a great choice, and have been the focus of many brain-related studies. Other herbal teas are being investigated for stress and mood related impact…  and simply the ritual can be calming and beneficial.

With a bit of creative thinking, snacks can do far more good than harm when it comes to cognitive health.  And as a bonus? Every time you stretch your synapses  to think up new snacks, you’re exercising your brain.

What’s your favorite brain healthy snack? Have an idea or recipe to share?

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