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.

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