Refuel with Brain Foods October 22, 2012

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I’m excited to better introduce myself through some of my favorite foods that you will find in this week’s box! You will receive our delectable Breaded Salmon with Sweet Potato Mash, Carne Asada Tacos and Maluku Island Chicken Pilau – all of which I love for their individual ingredients and overall savoriness.

If you’re reading this at work and are still feeling lethargic from the weekend, I can ensure you that these foods will help you fight that fatigue. This week’s key ingredients are sweet potatoes, avocados and almonds, which are my favorite “brain foods” and helped get me through my final exams in college on little to no sleep (phew)!

My personal favorite out of the three is sweet potatoes. Not only do they tickle your taste buds, but they are also loaded with carotenoids, which help form vitamin A – a vitamin that is essential for sprouting new neurons and helping other neurons form new connections. In other words, this will help your brain function faster.

Like sweet potatoes, avocados are a great source of dietary fiber, which helps lower blood cholesterol and prevent constipation. More importantly, avocados boast all the right nutrients that can improve cognitive function such as memory and concentration. So if you’re having trouble focusing in an important meeting, add an avocado to your breakfast and you’ll be good to go!

Last but certainly not least, almonds are not only a delicious snack and garnish for meals, but they are also another “brain food” that contains phenylalanine, a brain-boosting chemical that aids healthy development of our cognitive functions. So you’ll have no problem remembering how delicious this memory-boosting snack is!

And as an added bonus, all three of these foods keep skin well-hydrated and protect it from dryness, so you’ll be looking fresh as you’re thinking fast!

Enjoy cooking this week’s recipes packed with “brain foods” to keep you fueled for the rest of the week. Until Friday, happy eating!

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