Food and Memories

Dieticians have made it known that what we eat affects our bodies, but did you know that foods we consume also affect our brain function? There have been scientific studies which show that certain foods help people improve memory function (British Journal of Nutrition). Foods that are high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and certain vitamins and minerals are good for our memory and cognitive functioning. Some of these foods are those that include B Vitamins and Omega 3, such as:

*Salmon and mackerel *Chia, flax, and hemp seeds *Avocado *Blueberries *Green, leafy vegetables *Turmeric *Walnuts

The following smoothie is a quick and healthy brain boosting beverage.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie:
1 cup spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen cherries
1 frozen banana
½ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp cacao powder*

  • I would caution against substituting hot chocolate powder for the cacao, due to this altering the taste when mixed with spinach. Also, cacao contains antioxidants whereas hot chocolate powder does not.

Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Helping at Homeless Connect – Around 1200 people were served at Homeless Connect on April 29 at the Shaw Conference Centre. There were 69 service providers and over 300 volunteers. Homeless Connect is a partnership between Edmonton Economic Development, Homeward Trust Edmonton and the Shaw Conference Centre. Noor Al-Henedy

  • Here Comes the Train Again – The LRT moving along the tracks between McCauley and Boyle Street. Paula E. Kirman

  • Noi Thai Restaurant Opens in McCauley – Noi Thai Restaurant has opened up in the former location of Viphalay at 10724 95 Street. Viphalay owner and McCauley Community League board member Lily Mounma sold this location to her uncle. Look for a review in an upcoming issue of the paper. Paula E. Kirman

  • Bent Arrow Round Dance – The Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society’s Annual Round Dance took place on April 21 at the Commonwealth Rec Centre. Janis Irwin

  • Teresa Spinelli Receives Honourary Degree from NAIT – Teresa Spinelli (pictured here with her son Massimo) received an honourary Bachelor of Business Administration from NAIT on May 4, when she also gave the convocation speech. Mike Newberry

  • Lovely Lavender – Some lavender for sale outside of Zocalo. Paula E. Kirman

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