It used to be all about strong muscles, a healthy heart, and a smooth digestive system. Now, it’s all about the brain. While studies are still ongoing, researchers have found a strong connection between brain health and overall body health and vice versa.
While boosting brain health has always been an important part of a balanced diet, the focus is turning towards cognitive function. Getting enough sleep to help clear away the “debris” from the day and pumping fresh blood via exercise are both important aspects of a healthy brain, yet diet plays a huge role.
From boosting brain power to get you through your work day to overall clarity and speed, infusing your diet with brain-empowering foods is supremely important. Plant-based foods are a wonderful resource for many brain-pumping compounds such as antioxidant-rich blueberries, anti-inflammatory turmeric, cruciferous broccoli, healthy fat-filled seeds and nuts, flavanoid-rich dark chocolate, vitamin C-rich oranges, and even caffeinated beverages such as coffee and green tea!
Here are a few recipes from the Food Monster App to help boost your cognitive function!
Blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants in the plant-based world making this Nutrient Dense Blueberry Smoothie recipe by Daniela Modesto a great antidote for boosting your brain function.
Source: Brussels Sprouts with Turmeric
When it comes to brain-boosting foods, look no further then cruciferous veggies! This Brussels Sprouts with Turmeric recipe by Gabriela Lupu is packed with flavor and yet super simple to concoct. Plus, it’s rich in cruciferous Brussels sprouts and healthy fat-filled olive oil.
Source: Broccoli Noodle Soup
This Broccoli Noodle Soup recipe by Kristina Humphreys offers a unique way to enjoy cruciferous broccoli which also softens its tough design to make it easier to digest for those with sensitive tummies!
Not an eggplant or mushroom fan? No worries! This Purple Cabbage Streaks With Peanut Butter Sauce recipe by Laine Rudolfa offers yet another plant-based meatless steak recipe. The slightly spicy and sweet palate of this antioxidant-rich purple cabbage is balanced with healthy fat-filled, rich peanut sauce.
Source: Homemade Pumpkin Seed Milk
Looking for a new plant-based milk alternative that isn’t traditional almond, cashew, or oat? This Homemade Pumpkin Seed Milk recipe by Gretchen Lidicker not only infuses the body with brain-empowering healthy fats, but it’s naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates and alcohol-free vanilla extract.
Source: Maple Caramelized Walnuts
These Maple Caramelized Walnuts by Stephanie McKinnie are the perfect brain-friendly, healthy fat-filled, super simple snack to help curb hunger cravings! Plus, you can sprinkle these healthy walnut bites on salads or in your yogurt for that extra brain-boosting edge!
Source: Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding
Dark chocolate is not only a delicious treat, but it’s chock full of rich antioxidants and a bit of caffeine to help boost brain function and protect it from damage. This Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe by Lauren Kirchmaier combines the powers of dark chocolate with the perfect protein profile and high fiber of chia seed-based pudding.
Source: Raw Orange and Chocolate Cake
If you can go raw, do it! Consuming plant-based foods in their raw form means you’re getting more of those lovely nutrients. This Raw Orange and Chocolate Cake recipe by Lili Basic Capaccetti is the perfect decadent delight balanced with vitamin C-rich orange and your choice of antioxidant-filled dark chocolate.
Hemp seeds are packed with rich omega fatty acids, which are necessary for brain function. This Grain-Free Coconut Hemp Seed Granola recipe by Mitra Shirmohammadi is a great way to start your day, boost your brain power, and awaken your digestive system with a dose of dietary fiber, healthy fat, and protein. Add a splash of your favorite plant-based milk, sprinkle with low glycemic berries, and you’ve got a super healthy cereal option!
Source: Turmeric Tahini Banana Bread
Banana bread is one of those comforting staples that is a must-have item in your kitchen! This Turmeric Tahini Banana Bread recipe by Sarah and Peter Hagstrom offers a super healthy alternative to the classic butter and sugar filled recipe opting for nutrient-rich coconut sugar, protein-rich garbanzo bean flour, naturally sweet applesauce, and thickened with tahini, almond milk, and healthy fat-filled coconut oil. Plus, this recipe infuses the body with turmeric, am an anti-inflammatory champion!
Source: Raw Kale Salad
Once again, if you can go raw, make it so! This Raw Kale Salad recipe by Julia Winnicki is a great way to get a dose of raw cruciferous kale alongside a colorful smorgasbord of antioxidant-rich ingredients.
Source: Almond Taco Meat
You’ve probably heard of walnut meat, but have you ever tried protein-rich, lower-fat almonds? This Almond Taco Meat recipe by Molly Patrick accepts the challenge! This delicious almond taco recipe — which relies on nuts, beans, and a slew of vibrant spices — is not only vegan-friendly but is also high in fiber, low in sugar, and is completely refined-sugar free.
Coffee is one of those plant-based foods that you hear both good and controversial things about. When it comes to boosting brain power, coffee is a good thing in moderation! This Energizing Coffee Cacao Smoothie Bowl recipe by Katja Meier uses a delicate balance of instant coffee with adaptogenic cacao mixed with fiber-rich flaxseed, antioxidant-rich blueberries, vitamin C-rich blood orange, and a smattering of edible flowers. The perfect bowl of wellness!
Source: Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco
Healthy fat is one of the pillars of brain health. It not only feeds your brain, providing the power it needs to get you through the day, but healthy fat is also a vital nutrient for the rest of your body. This Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco recipe by Dora Stone uses one of the fattiest of nuts — macadamia — to create rich and delicious queso that can be dipped, drizzled, or spread in any way you like!
Source: Cafe Style Matcha Tea Latte
Green tea is known for its unique creation of anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants. This type of tea is also a great source of slow release, balanced caffeine which will help your brain boot for the day or get you through that mid-day lull. This Cafe Style Matcha Tea Latte recipe by Carlota Cassou uses the potent powder form of green tea — matcha — mixed with healthy fat-filled nut milk and a small dose of agave syrup to sweeten!
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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