Brain food for those Monday mornings…

Monday mornings are often the times that the thought doesn’t run as bright as you would like it to… 🙂 In order to return from the weekend with something to actually bring to the meeting table, take care you enjoy a breakfast that provides fuel for your brain.

What exactly is fuel for your brain?

Brains are almost 80% waterIf you feel headache or tiredness, first of all make sure you’re not dehydrated. So, drink water with your morning coffee.

Over 10% of brain are fats! This is the essential component of today’s brain smoothie. The brains are like a machine that, when well oiled, works most efficiently. We want to therefore make sure that our brain smoothie has polyunsaturated, omega-3 acid DHA and saturated fats. These goods fats are found naturally in oily fishes, nuts and seeds, avocado, soy lecithin, olive and coconut oil and eggs.

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Your brain uses glucose to give energy for your brain!  Make sure you include carbohydrates into your breakfast. If you’ve ever been on a no-carb diet, you’ll know what I’m talking about..! The whole grains are the best option, because they don’t raise your blood sugar too much and release energy evenly during those morning hours. My choice in gluten free oatmeal!

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If you don’t have time for a breakfast at home, you can make easy oatmeal bars to take with you to work or school! I will post a recipe later for these bars I made, which had no sugar but taste great!

Even blood sugar level! I also use fruits that contain sugar and carbs, so to even out the effect the fruits have on the blood sugar level, it’s important to add fiber. Seeds, such as chia or linseed contain a lot of fiber and then the most important ingredient for the morning brain smoothie- good fats! Too high blood sugar clogs the brain and makes your thought foggy. Fruits and vegetables include enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidant elements so do keep them in you breakfast- they also hydrate. You can use cinnamon to balance blood sugar level also.

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Banana Pancakes only need 1 banana, 2 eggs and coconut oil to create a balanced and delicious breakfast!

And finally, if you’re a real enthusiast, try the secret ingredient: Ashwagandha. It’s one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing. It’s said to improve stress, fatigue, lack of energy and difficulty concentrating. I even read it was used by buddhist monks to support intense meditations sessions. In my case, I’ve built many crazy excel sheet with the help of this herb, that I afterwards do not understand how on earth I came up with! Try it out if you really need a concentration boost.

I hope these tips help you to plan yourself a proper breakfast that’ll get you started on your Monday mornings, or any other morning of the week! And of course, a cup of coffee aside doesn’t harm either. 🙂


Make Yourself Smart- Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1-2 dl berries or fruits frozen
  • 1 tbs Maca
  • 1 tbs Lucuma
  • 1 ts cacao
  • 1 ts Ashwagandha
  • 1 egg (or just egg white)
  • 1 tbs coconut oil OR  1 ts soy lecithin
  • 1/4 avocado or 3 walnuts
  • pinch of ceylon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • vegetable milk or water

 

 

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