oatmealCan certain foods really make us smarter? It's very possible.

Some foods are thought to have certain nutritional benefits that can improve memory, mood, and attention span, as well as reduce our risk for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other mental disorders. Pair these with daily brain exercises, and you're well on your way to intellectual nirvana!

Okay, that's overstating the potential of these foods, but at the very least you'll get a jump on the day with these brain boosting breakfast ideas.

 

Berries

Potential health benefits: Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries contain antioxidants, which are thought to protect neurons from damage, build communication receptors between each brain cell, and flush out waste from free radical buildup.

How to eat: Top low-fat Greek yogurt with a handful of fresh berries and a drizzle of honey. Or, whip up a quick smoothie with frozen berries, low-fat milk, and ice.

 

Whole grains

Potential health benefits: Whole grains improve circulation and help regulate glucose levels in the blood; the steadier the glucose levels, the easier it is to concentrate.

How to eat: Top a slice of fiber-rich whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and sliced banana. Or, cook up some oatmeal topped with flax seed, walnuts (both of these items are also thought to have brain-boosting powers), sliced apple, and cinnamon.

 

Eggs

Potential health benefits: Egg yolks have high amounts of choline, which may improve memory function.

How to eat: Make a breakfast sandwich to eat on the go with whole wheat English muffin, scrambled eggs, low-fat turkey bacon, and low-fat cheese.

 

*Wash your healthy brain boosting breakfast down with a cup or two of coffee. Caffeine has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other mental disorders. Just be sure to drink it in moderation and without additive crap like whipped cream and shots of vanilla syrup, etc. Don't like coffee? Matcha works, too.

What do you eat for breakfast?

 

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