Top 5 Brain-Boosting Snacks for SeniorsJanuary 31, 2018
As we age, it's important to take into account what we put into our bodies. After all, what you eat can directly reflect your demeanor, mood, and brain. With that in mind, we've listed our top 5 snacks for seniors that aim to keep brains alert, young, and ready to take on the day/
There's nothing quite as quick and efficient as a handful of tiny unsalted walnuts. Studies have shown that walnuts can have the edible power to improve your reaction to stress, allow clearer thinking, and also provide benefits for other cognitive functions. Being packed with plenty of protein, unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, iron, zinc and more, walnuts are literal brain food.
Listen, we understand that some people can be put off by a sardine, but that doesn't make them any less important of a snack. These tiny fish hold all kinds of brain-boosting nutrients like vitamin B and D, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorus. All of those combine to support a healthy nervous system, reduce the likelihood of Alzheimer's, as well as assist in the control of blood sugar.
While green tea might technically not be a snack, it's still a quick treat that you can drink during the day to help alleviate mental fatigue and boost brain function. And who doesn't want those benefits during the day? Green tea is also a viable alternative to other caffeinated drinks as it is more natural. Too much caffeine can cause anxiety, so natural caffeine is a smart choice. Green tea is packed with amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and all manner of vitamins. It's easy to prepare, and it's a quick alternative to water (but still drink lots of water).
A little bit of chocolate can go a long way. While chocolate is easy to over-indulge in, a moderate amount a day can have health benefits. With its antioxidants, chocolate improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, boosts cognitive functions, and lowers cholesterol. If that's not a great snack to stimulate the brain then we don't know what is!
Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, eggs are one of our favorites. Always on the menu in our dining room, eggs promote healthy brain development and improve motor function and memory. Oh, and they're delicious. Eggs are chock full of amino acids, vitamin A and B, iron, calcium, potassium, and so much more.
While we offer three square meals a day at our Blue Harbor Senior Living communities, we recommend grazing on these 5 snacks throughout the day to keep your brain boosted. Are there other healthy snacks you eat daily? We urge you to let us know in the comments!. Stay snacking friends!
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