3 Key Ingredients for Brain Power


I’m massively into the benefit of good fat to boost mood, mind clarity, intelligence and help curb cravings.

According to Patrick Holford, we should be eating at least a tablespoon of both seeds and milled flaxseeds a day. This is  to feed our brain with tryptophan, which our body turns into serotonin (happy hormone) and give it vital Omega 3 and 6 – two amino acids we can’t produce ourself but is vital for brain cells to function optimally. The bottom line is – I swear to God, if we started upping our intake of these things, we’d notice a difference in general mind health.

Also, grab yourself a tub of lecithin from Holland & Barrett – its a soya protein high in phospholipids – which cushions the brain cells. Lecithin is also known to help in the break down of fat. A recommended daily amount is 1 tablespoon. It doesn’t taste of anything and can be sprinkled over soups and cereal…anything.

Talking of cereal – here we go! These two recipes only contain good stuff. The first is a genius invention by my housemate Toby – who makes a big batch of this at a time. It’s his Fat Crunch Granola.

IMG_3899Mix a large bag of sunflower seeds, with flaxseeds, ground almonds, ground ginger, cinnamon and coconut oil. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes until golden. Store in a glass jar. Serve with a large dollop of Greek yogurt – the full fat stuff. Or good quality vegan yogurt – sugar free and preferably fermented.

For my Power Porridge (above), make a batch of porridge with water and coconut oil (1-2 teaspoons). Serve with a chopped very ripe banana, mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia), milled flaxseeds and a heaped tablespoon of Lecithin.

If you’re really struggling with mood, I’d suggest eating every 3 hours (my nutritionist said this to me) and stay away from sugary foods as they can play havoc with your blood sugar levels which have a knock on effect in your brain.

This book by Patrick Holford is fantastic for the science behind all of it all…Unknown

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