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A BRAIN FOOD RECIPE TO PREPARE YOU FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON

Posted 8 August 2019 by The Saucy Fish Co.

After a summer of sun, sea, sand, and ice cream it’s time to think about going back to school. We may have spoiled our kids rotten for the past month but now it’s back to reality and the rigours of classroom life.

One of the best ways we can do this is through brain food.

But what is brain food? Essentially it’s a something edible that gives your brain the nutrients it needs to function at optimal level. Different brain foods for kids promise different things so we’ve narrowed it down to five you should be serving up to the little students in your life.

Fish

Of course fish. The best brain food around in our opinion. Oily fish like salmon offer omega-3 fats which are important for healthy brain function.

Pumpkin seeds

These little pods of joy have lots of zinc which has been shown to enhance memory and improve thinking skills. They can also reduce stress... in this case the stress of going back to school.

Turmeric

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that can improve memory, ease depression and help brain cells to grow.

Pasta

Starchy carbs such as pasta and bread contain iron and zinc which are meat and drink to the typical brain looking to get involved in some serious learning.

Black beans

Black beans and most other beans have a lot of magnesium and folate which scientists have shown can improve cognitive function and memory.

Let’s combine two of these superfoods for a truly brain enhancing meal.

Steamed salmon and black bean sauce

Serves 2

2 Salmon fillets

1 tsp of Chinese dried black beans

3 cloves of garlic

3 tsp of soy sauce

1 tsp of oil

1 tsp of cornstarch flour

small pinch of salt and sugar

1 tbsp of chopped spring onions

Soak beans in hot water. Chop garlic, add them to the beans and mix together. Add this to a mix of soy, salt, pepper and sugar and beat them into a paste. Spread the paste on to salmon, add spring onions on top and place in a steamer for ten minutes. Serve with rice.

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