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 flavour 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.

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 flavour, avocados are a perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, wraps and side dishes. They’re full of nutrients and antioxidants.

7. Whole Grains
Incorporating these fibre-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 sulphur-based compounds that help with blood circulation. And it also contains calcium, iron, magnesium and a variety of other vitamins.

Do you have a go-to snack to keep your mind sharp? Let us know in the comments!


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