Do you know what foods fuel your brain? For most, fats may not come to mind. This is because fats have been shamed as being “unhealthy.” However, the confusion surrounding fats is just that…confusion. While there are some fats that should always be kept out of the diet (trans and hydrogenated fats), there are other fats that the body needs. Not only that, but the brain needs fat to function as well since the brain is the fattiest organ in the body consisting of nearly 60% fat! Imagine consuming a very low-fat diet; this would essentially starve your brain of what it needs to function at its best.
With that being said, here are some of the best foods to fuel your brain. These foods can help boost energy, and combat that oh so common brain fog many of us suffer from.
Avocados: Avocados are great because not only are they an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fat, but they are also high in fiber, and magnesium making them great for the digestive system as well. Try adding some sliced avocado to salads or add a ½ an avocado to a smoothie for added creaminess!
Coconuts: Coconuts are another excellent source of fat and coconut oil is absorbed a bit differently than other fats. It can be used as immediate energy and is great “brain food.” Try adding some coconut oil to smoothies and swap out all your other cooking oils for coconut oil. Coconut milk is also a great dairy alternative and is super rich and creamy.
Nuts & Seeds: Nuts and seeds are also high in healthy fat, and they make the perfect snack or topping for your morning oatmeal. You can also use almond or cashew milk in place of dairy milk.
Wild-caught Salmon: Commonly known for its omega-3 fatty acid benefits, wild-caught salmon is great for brain health. When it comes to salmon, be sure to choose wild-caught VS farm raised.
Whole Eggs: Eggs contain fat but also choline which is very important for brain health. It has been known to help boost memory but support overall brain health as well. Be sure to choose organic and pasture-raised whenever possible.
When it comes to supporting brain health, don’t be afraid of fats. Just be sure to stick to healthy fats such as the foods listed here along with other monounsaturated fats and steer clear of trans and hydrogenated fats found in fried and processed foods. Also, remember that the brain is made up of more than 50% fat, so it’s important to fuel that brain with healthy fat in order for it to function at its best.