Blueberries: These berries have several health benefits. They contain anthocyanidins which are the phytochemicals that give them their blue color. The medical research community is in agreement that these antioxidants can help prevent cancer and other diseases. Besides this amazing benefit the USDA has shown they also help with cognitive function and mental agility which decreases mental fatigue. You can buy the berries fresh or flash frozen and its recommended to go for the organic if you can because you get the most antioxidant bang for your buck! You can add them to your morning cereal or yogurt. You can have as a midday energy boosting snack mixed in a smoothie or juice.
Almonds: Nuts are the richest vegetable source of Vitamin E. They also contain B complex vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Most nuts contain monounsatuated or polyunsaturated fats. Unrefined polyunsaturated fats (which are in raw almonds) are essential. They provide energy and help to prevent heart disease. You can eat almonds raw or unsalted as a snack or cut into slivers on top of oatmeal. A great recipe is to take raw almonds and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a small amount of sunflower oil (1/2tsp), raw honey and cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 degrees for approx 10-15 minutes. So yummy!!! You can make a batch and keep in a sealed container for snacks or have 4 or 5 in between meals to stave off cravings
Spinach: Leafy veggies like spinach help to boost energy levels. The main energy boosting component in spinach is Iron. A deficiency in Iron usually causes fatigue as well as weakness. Cognitive function can be affected as well. We need iron to produce hemoglobin, which is in charge of bringing oxygen to our body’s tissues. Our tissues and muscles need oxygen to function effectively. How else would popeye have gotten so strong? Spinach can be easily added to salad, juices or smoothies and sandwiches.
There are so many other foods that help promote better functioning bodies and brains. I will be adding more info and tips throughout this blog. Enjoy! GO ORGANIC :)