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Food for thought…

6 Sep

 

For some September marks the beginning of a new year. And with a new year, a new diet is usually in the works. With schools reopening, and new ventures being sought, it’s important to make sure that your brain is happy and functioning the way that you need it to. Diet plays a huge role in the way your brain Processes all of your thoughts, keeps them in order, and effectively accomplishes them.

“The brain is an extremely metabolically active organ, making it a very hungry one, and a picky eater at that. It’s becoming pretty clear in research labs around the country that the right food, or the natural neurochemicals that they contain, can enhance mental capabilities—help you concentrate, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, magnify memory, speed reaction times, defuse stress, perhaps even prevent brain aging.” (http://www.psychologytoday.com)

Here is a list of brain foods that will keep that “picky eater” happy and healthy…

 

Avocados

 

Blueberries

 

Broccoli

 

Dark Chocolate

 

Coffee

 

Egg Yolks

 

Flax Seeds

 

Mixed Nuts

 

Salmon

 

Whole Grains

Now that doesn’t sound so bad does it?

If you have any questions about the above listed brain healthy foods, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at simplyhershey@gmail.com.

Mmm take a bite out of that!

How well is your diet?

24 Mar

How much do you know about the USDA food Pyramid?  There are five food groups, and every day we are supposed to eat something from each group.  The five groups are Grains, Vegetables, Fruit, Dairy, and Protein Foods.  Following are the five groups and just a couple of the suggested foods for each.

Grains- Make half your grains whole.

Whole Grains- whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, brown rice

Refined Grains- cornbread, grits, pasta

Vegetables- Vary your veggies

Vegetables

Dark green vegetables- bok choy, romaine lettuce, turnip greens

Orange vegetables- butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin

Dry beans and peas- kidney beans, soy beans, black eyed peas

Starchy vegetables- corn, green peas, potatoes

Other vegetables- Artichokes, cabbage, onions

Fruit Focus on fruits

Fruit

Apples

Berries

Mangoes

Melons

fruit cocktail

Raisins

100% Fruit juice

Dairy- Get your calcium-rich foods

Dairy

Milk

Yogurt

Milk-based desserts– puddings and frozen yogurt

Cheese- parmesan, ricotta, american

Protein Foods- Go lean with protein

Protein

Eggs

Meats- beef, pork, liver

Poultry- chicken, duck, turkey

Dry beans and peas- lentils, tofu, garden burgers

Nuts & seeds- hazelnuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds

Fish- salmon, shrimp, clams

For the more extensive food listing, please visit: http://www.mypyramid.gov