Four Foods To Feed Your Brain

Can eating the right foods make you smarter? Researchers say yes! In fact, recent studies prove that what you eat is one of the most powerful influences on day-to-day brain skills. Experts say the key is to fill your meals with essential nutrients to keep brain cells healthy and prevent inflammation that can cause damage to the brain. Here are four of our favorite brain-healthy foods.

Zesty Tofu, Avocado, And Quinoa Salad

Adapted from a Prevention magazine recipe, comes a salad that is as simple as it is tasty and healthy. It features quinoa, a grain that is not only full of fiber, but also loaded with plant-based protein. But, the starring role of this salad goes to the luscious avocado that sometimes gets a bad rap for its high fat content. However, this seemingly decadent fruit is actually high in monounsaturated fat that helps increase good HDL cholesterol.

Summer Smoothie

Summertime and the living is easy! As the temperature soars, ditch the stove and reach for your trusty blender. The following recipe is a great option for a protein- and vitamin-rich meal replacement or snack. Feel free to tweak the ingredients to your liking.

Black Bean Burritos

Whether you are a vegetarian or simply want to try swapping out a meat-centered meal for a healthier alternative, this recipe is an easy weeknight dinner solution. When it comes to inexpensive plant protein that’s rich in fiber and antioxidants, one needs to look no further than beans.

Favorite Easy Salsa Recipe

This is my all time favorite salsa recipe. Chipotle comes from the Nahuatl/Aztec word chilpoctli, which means smoked chili. The chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce add a nice depth of flavor. Using a blender reduces some of the chopping and makes this salsa fast and easy to prepare. You can vary the ingredients according to your own taste. I love this salsa with tortilla chips but find myself sneaking it on eggs, potatoes, rice, pasta, or in salads for extra flavor.

Fresh Corn Medley

Looking for a delicious way to leverage all that luscious fresh corn popping up in your garden or farmers’ market? Try this simple summer salad recipe that also features tasty feta cheese, avocado and plenty of spice.

Orange Avocado Spinach Salad

This month’s salad recipe offers a delicious and easy way to get more tasty greens into your diet. Featuring healthy oils, zesty vinegars and lots of different textures and flavors, chances are this will become a favorite go-to salad.