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I have been having rather a lot of small gatherings recently, and for these, I love making a large, filling, full of flavour salad, with ample crunch. It converts a simple side salad into a main, complementing any meal or feast. The fact that it is always eaten up so quickly is as much to do with the yummy dressing (and lots of it!) as it is to do with the contrasts of textures. The best part of a salad like this is that you can add whichever leaves you happen to have or love.
We regularly share brain boosting recipes and yoga tips for revitalising a weary brain, but what is the connection between diet, exercise and hearing loss?
The old saying “you are what you eat” does have some merit, but do you also hear what you eat? According to some studies, there does appear to be a connection between the quality of your food and hearing loss. Exercise matters too, specifically in relation to cognitive ability and how the brain processes sound.
This really is one of the most deliciously healthy desserts I have had… the coconut ice cream sitting on top might be a little on the decadent side, but the slight crunch of the fresh coconut in each bite is just heavenly. I do really love the healthy, clean and delicious Oppo ice cream, so if you’re in the UK, I’d definitely recommend serving this pancake with a scoop of their ice cream (either the Madagascar Vanilla or Salted Caramel flavour).
Energy Tip: The dark blue skin of blueberries is packed with microscopic antioxidants, which makes the small round berries extra healthy. An added bonus is that the berries do not contain too many calories. So you can eat as many as you like!
Researchers have also found that a large serving of blueberry in the morning can boost concentration and memory up to five hours later. This super brain food also protects the brain from oxidative stress and reduces the effects of age related brain diseases.
Blueberries are delicious on their own. But here is an easy super brain food breakfast idea.
Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
Quinoa earned its super grain status for a variety of reasons. It is rich in iron and magnesium; contains lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair; it is packed with protein and amino acids and high in Riboflavin, a vitamin responsible for improving brain and muscle metabolism.
Blueberries are not just delicious. High in vitamin c and low in calories, it is also considered a super brain food!
We eat in order to live, and food provides us with the energy we need to do it. In the developed world, there is such a large variety of foods available and we are all so busy, that we must take care not to eat unhealthily. It’s important to pay attention to what you eat and care about what you put into your body.
Why eat breakfast? It’s the first meal of the day, and some people skip it altogether. But it is important to eat a proper meal in the morning. When you wake up, your body is a bit sluggish and needs a boost – that’s why it’s vital to give it some energy to start the day with. You don’t need to eat a large meal but it’s a good idea to have some fresh fruit along with some “fuel” to give your body something to run on, like high fibre muesli or whole wheat bread. It gives you a good start to the day.*
How we experience the foods we eat involves several of our senses – not just our taste buds. The way we taste food is influenced by our feelings and thoughts. We’re all familiar with the way in which our food tastes different when we’re in a good mood or when we feel sad. But it also works the other way round, in that what we eat has a direct impact on our mood. In fact, eating the foods we enjoy is one of the most effective ways of activating the brain’s “reward system”. This system involves the neurotransmitter dopamine, which stimulates the parts of the brain that control our feelings of pleasure and happiness. This is probably what’s behind a significant percentage of “comfort eating”. And there’s also no doubt that food tastes completely different when we are hungry compared to when we are full.