Dec. 12, 2019

Healthy Study Snacks to Support Brain Health

Carly Caprio, Middle School Teacher

It might be a drag to hear that M&Ms and Snickers bars are not helping your get through your school day.  In fact, the processed sugar in these foods may make you sleepy. But I have some delicious alternatives that can give you a mid-day boost. I personally have snacks like these on hand to munch on throughout my work day.  Below are some foods that support brain health:

Avocados - a source of healthful unsaturated fat which supports the brain

Dark Chocolate - Cacao may encourage neuron and blood vessel growth in parts of the brain involved in memory and learning. They may also stimulate blood flow in the brain. Yes for chocolate! But make sure it is dark chocolate, without too much sugar or milk.

Celery -  Try munching on a piece of crunchy celery to help improve your focus on attention

Berries - Many berries contain antioxidants, and research suggests that these may make the berries good food for the brain.

Nuts and seeds - eating more nuts and seeds may be good for the brain, as these foods contain omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants

Peanuts - peanuts contain plenty of unsaturated fats and protein to keep a person's energy levels up throughout the day

Do you enjoy cooking? Below is one of my favorite healthy snack recipes that contain some of the foods mentioned above! This recipe does not require any actual cooking so it is safe and easy to make at home using a blender or food processor. 

Amazing Avocado Mousse

4 Ripe Organic Avocados

1 Cup of Agave Nectar

1 Tbs of Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Powder

Slice each avocado open and scoop out the insides. Place them in a food processor or blender. Next add the sweetener, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Blend or process the mixture until fully blended. The mixture should be smooth and the color of chocolate. You can instantly serve the mousse, however it is  recommended that you let it cool in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve in cups with fresh fruit or mint. Some of my favorite fruits I like to add are strawberries, raspberries, bananas, and sometimes peaches! Now delve into this rich, delectable and healthy dessert!