9 Foods to Keep Your Mind Sharp

9 Foods to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Discover nine foods that can keep your mind sharp.



Incorporating one — or all — of these foods into your diet can boost energy and increase your ability to keep your mind sharp. Read on to find the benefits and suggestions on how to prepare them. As always, consult a doctor before making changes to your diet.

1. Blueberries: Tart and sweet all at the same time, blueberries add a punch of nutritious flavor to any meal or snack. Eat them by themselves or blend them in a smoothie, use them to top oatmeal or bake them into pastries — you can’t go wrong.

Tip: Keep fresh, frozen and dried blueberries on hand to make it easier to have some at every meal or snack.

2. Lentils: Try to incorporate lentils into your diet as often as possible. They can take the place of meat at any meal or be used as a side dish.

3. Nuts: A wide variety of nuts do wonders in keeping your mind sharp. Whether you like walnuts, almonds, pistachios or a mixed assortment, try using them as a crunchy topping on salads, yogurt or hot and cold cereals.

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4. Salmon: Perfect for baking, broiling and grilling, salmon is versatile and can easily be incorporated into your diet. It’s full of Omega-3, which can help improve brain function.

5. Green Tea: White and oolong teas all come from the same plant and are rich in antioxidants. Brewing your own tea from teabags or leaves gives you the most benefit.

6. Avocados: Creamy and packed with flavor, avocados are a perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, wraps and side dishes. They’re full of nutrients and antioxidants

7. Whole Grains: Incorporating these fiber-rich foods into your diet is easier than you may think. From toasting them in a simple granola recipe to using them while baking, the possibilities are endless.

8. Dark chocolate: There’s nothing better than chocolate to keep morale high. Chocolate acts as an anti-depressive agent — legitimately affecting a person's moods. It contains magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium, all of which can help keep your mind sharp. Treat yourself to a piece now and again.

9. Garlic: It's not something that just adds taste to your dishes. Garlic contains sulfur-based compounds that help with blood circulation. And it also contains calcium, iron, magnesium and a variety of other vitamins.

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