Melissa holding a container of blueberries for brain health

Brain & Mental Health Through Food

Each May, as National Mental Health month arrives, I reflect on just how important your brain and mental health are.

Superfoods that protect your heart and blood vessels are the same foods that keep your memory and cognition strong — whole grains and seeds, healthy fats such as nuts (especially walnuts) and avocados, rich colored berries, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, lean proteins especially ones with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, and legumes. Let’s not forget dark chocolate and green tea to boost brain power.

Another key factor for good brain and mental health is keeping your eating lifestyle as clean and fresh as possible. This includes the reduction (or elimination) of sugary beverages and those foods with added sugars as well as all processed foods. 

The Exercise Bonus 

Just one more thing to add — get sweaty! Exercise is the best anti-depressant. Take a walk (or other physical activities you may enjoy) each day. Encourage a friend to join you for more fun and added accountability for yourself.

Food is Medicine

With cooking and eating for overall health as my focus for many years, I encourage you to remember my mantra: “Food is Medicine.”

The following throwback recipes are a few of my favorites that promote brain and mental health. Salmon, kale and blueberries are three powerful foods filled with antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamins, and omega 3 that offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Give one or all the recipes a try!

To Healthy Cooking and Eating,

Melissa

Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus with Dill Sour Cream

Versatile Kale Salad

Blueberry Crisp for Brain Health

 

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