September can be an incredibly busy and stressful time of the year but despite how hectic it can seem, it’s the perfect time to create new routines and encourage new habits. Whether you’re in school, working part-time or putting in 60 hours a week, we could all use a little brain-power boost from time to time. Forget the supplements and energy drinks, did you know that Mucci Farms Smuccies Sweet Strawberries and Mucci Farms Sweet Cherry Tomatoes are two excellent sources of brain-boosting, mood-balancing antioxidants? Learn more about their benefits and get inspired to include them in your family’s daily snack routine.
Did you know that people who eat more brightly colored fruits have less cognitive decline than those who don’t? In an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists concluded that eating strawberries can help maintain a sharp memory and prevent the onset of mental decline due to their high levels of antioxidants which help protect cells from harmful free radicals. Scientists have found that berries also help protect the brain by changing the way neurons communicate. The changes in signaling can not only improve motor control and cognition, but also prevent inflammation in the brain which leads to neuronal damage.
Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Smoothie
Everyone loves a delicious smoothie and this one is not only taste-bud approved, but also brain approved. It’s loaded with ingredients that will help improve mental focus and concentration while also providing fibre, antioxidants and proteins.
Click here for the full recipe from She Knows.
Berry Snack Wrap
Wraps are a great snack, especially if you’re on the go! This brain booster is filled with our Smuccies Super Sweet Strawberries and has the added bonus of peanut butter which provides a great dose of Vitamin E. A kid-friendly, adult-approved snack that’s delicious any time of the day!
Click here for the full recipe from Cheat Sheet.
Bright red and orange vegetables are a top source of a type of nutrient called carotenoids, which can help improve cognition and memory over longer periods of time. One of the most powerful of these nutrients is lycopene, which is found in high doses in the skin of tomatoes. Lycopene combats dementia, improves mood balance and also protects you from depression-causing inflammation, so working it into your daily diet can also boost your mood. If you’re serious about increasing your lycopene, make sure to stock up on cherry tomatoes since they carry more per volume than their beefsteak brethren and remember that you’ll need to cook the tomatoes to release the lycopene.
Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
A simple recipe with an end result that can be worked into any snack or meal you like. Try Mucci Farms delicious Sweet Cherry Tomatoes on homemade pizzas, tossed in a pasta, pilled high on chicken breasts or mixed in with your favourite vegetables for the perfect side dish.
Click here for the full recipe from The Novice Chef.
Cherry Tomato, Spinach, Garlic and Mozzarella Pasta Bake!
Looking for a one-dish wonder the whole family will love? Try this incredibly flavourful pasta bake that’s easy to make and even easier to devour! Perfect for a potluck or a relaxing night at home, this dish is sure to become a family favourite.
Click here for the full recipe from A Mummy Too.
Whether it’s you or your kids who need the brain boost, arm yourself with the ingredients and knowledge you need to pack healthy snacks that will help your family stay focused, energized and productive throughout the day. For more brain-boosting recipes be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.