Lack of sleep, stress, illness, poor diet and pregnancy can all have effects on our brain health. A recent article was published on how the grey matter in a pregnant woman’s brain is altered, so when her child is born, she adapts to respond to certain cues – her baby’s! It truly is amazing what our body is capable of and it is even more amazing how compounds in food can heal us.
Foods containing cholesterol (the “good” kind), b vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and polyphenols can help to nourish the brain, boost memory, improve cognitive function and keep us alert. These are much healthier and sustainable options than grabbing for that sugary treat that will also give you a boost, but will inevitably lead to a crash.
These bliss balls contain healthy fats, antioxidants, fibre, polyphenols and plant-based protein to keep you satiated and your brain boosted. There is no cooking involved and they can be whipped up in under five minutes. Add them to your weekly meal prep list so you have healthy on-the-go options available for those postpartum weeks to nourish mommy brain, or for post workouts, coffee breaks, and after school snacks.
In a food processor, pulse until fine:
- 1 C cashews
- 1 C organic oats
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/4 C chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 2 Tbsp tahini or almond butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
Pulse again until mixed together. Roll into bite-sized balls and refrigerate until ready to eat.
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