Stocking Up On Brain Foods

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One of the best perks of living in the Cottages of Fort Collins is just how big the kitchen areas are. Every floorplan we offer here boasts a big kitchen with wraparound counters and state-of-the-art appliances. Why such a focus on kitchens? Because what you eat and drink has a major impact on how you feel and how your brain processes information. Plus, food and meals have a way of bringing people together — which is especially important when you’re moving in with roommates you’ve never met before and want to encourage new friendships. To help you get started with stocking up your new kitchen, check out the following highlighted foods proven to improve memory and focus with some recipe ideas:

Brain Foods to Stock Up On & Recipes to Try

  • Blueberries.  You might as well call them brain berries for all the wonderful things they do. Blueberries have been shown to improve focus and learning capacity as well as reduce stress. While getting them fresh and in season really is the best, you can benefit from this super fruit all year round. We particularly love this easy Blueberry Sorbet recipe that utilizes frozen blueberries to create the perfect summer treat. They also make an easy smoothie. Fill your blender up with frozen berries and a chopped banana. Add a little bit of almond milk and a scoop of protein powder, then blend until smooth.
  • Broccoli.  Broccoli is a top vegetable that is incredibly versatile and healthy for you. This green machine packs high levels of Vitamin K and choline, both of which enhance memory abilities. The problem is, not everyone likes how it tastes. To that complaint, we say it’s all in how you prep and cook it! This tasty salad is ideal for those who like the crunch of fresh broccoli but not the slippery texture it often gets after long cooking. For those looking to do low-carb and need their vegetables smothered in cheese, check out this mouth-watering casserole. If that’s too much for you, pick up a bag of pre-washed broccoli florets. Rinse them out in the bag. Pour in a little bit of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, then toss in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes. Et voila!
  • Walnuts.  Eating a daily handful of these tasty nuts has also been shown to boost memory, concentration, and the speed at which your mind processes new information. But just eating walnuts as a snack can get a tad boring. Which is why we absolutely love the brain-loving combo snack known as the Dark Chocolate Walnut Berry Snack Mix. After all, dark chocolate also has some pretty wonderful brain properties. So you get your sweet, salty, and all things delicious in this one bag, easy-to-pack snack! You can also throw a tablespoon of walnuts on any type of salad for a crunchy topper.

Don’t Forget to Share

Remember! Cooking shouldn’t just be a solo sport. Invite your roommates and friends to take part in your cooking and feasting endeavors. That way you’ll have fun and get to enjoy healthy concoctions!

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