How to Snack Your Way to Mental Clarity

This caught my eye, or more like it my appetite.  I’m always on the look-out for how I can eat more, feel better and not gain weight . . . These recommendations by *Mike Dow, Ph.D.,author of The Brain Fix are now on my menu.

“You can actually snack your way to mental clarity. . . . Dow says to opt for foods that enhance overall cognitive function and promote positive mood. 

IN THE MORNING

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“Kick-start your day with Greek yogurt topped with walnuts and berries. . . . a yogurt fix  “significantly reduces anxiety, thanks to the probiotics that produce feel-good and stress-relieving neurotransmitters.”  Walnuts also support a positive mood, while the fibrous berries are “chock-full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants that… make their way through the blood-brain barrier.”’

IN THE AFTERNOON

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“For an afternoon pick-me-up, snack on broccoli and red bell peppers with hummus. Unlike processed snacks that lead to poorer memory and cognitive function (we’re looking at you, chips and crackers), you’ll feel sharper and more level-headed. This is because the vitamin C keeps your cortisol levels steady, which will also reduce stress levels while the healthy fats will provide you with more conservable energy.”

IN THE EVENING

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“If you still have some work to finish up in the evening and feel hungry, eat a banana with pistachios while sipping on chamomile tea. “The bananas and pistachios both contain vitamin B6,” Dow says. “This is a stress-relieving powerhouse that fights the frantic feeling of scatterbrain.” Also, the amino acids will help your brain produce more melatonin so you get a good night sleep.”

 

4 thoughts on “How to Snack Your Way to Mental Clarity

  1. One of my mentors once opined that any item or project can be done; good, fast, cheap or easy but can ONLY have 2 of those attributes at a time.
    Great snack ideas, and they may be the exception to the 2 attributes at a time rule!
    Love the new blog, though as “Duffy’s Dad (his paws can’t type) am a bit hesitant to accept advice from a feline perspective.

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    • Rick!
      Congratulations!!!! You are the first CATNIP visitor and commenter! We’ll check out the “2 attributes” at a time and maybe it will be a new post. (That will mean only 2 snacks a day tho . . . )
      jw

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    • Shari,
      You are the very SECOND person to comment on CATNIP . . . YAY!!!!!!! (not to mention the second person to subscribe — quadruple YAY!!!!!YAY!!!!YAY!!!!! – and we like all the commenters mentioned!

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