I’m often fascinated by how the foods we eat unlock the creativity and energy when we need it most. What if there a way we could almost call upon our most creative moments on demand, like when we’re on a deadline and need a big idea?
For the answer, I turned to Sheila Petersen, CHHC, AADP. As a Certified Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Sheila helps people nourish their bodies through food to experience weight loss, better mood, better sleep and sustainable energy.
When it comes to maximizing brain function and getting your creativity on, look no
further than these six ingredients that are simple to keep on hand at all times, no prep time needed and great to take on-the-go.
1. Coconut Water
Best known for hydration and healing hangovers, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes.
Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts. This is a great alternative to water and better for you than sports drinks.
Your body needs the right kind of fat, if you’re looking for optimal brain function. With its creamy texture and rich taste, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, providing numerous health benefits like monounsaturated fat or “good fat” which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Other benefits include lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes, promoting lower body weight, and preventing cancer. Use in place of mayonnaise to benefit from the good fat.
The antioxidants and other phytochemicals in blueberries alone have been linked to improvements in learning, thinking and memory. They’re also relatively low in sugar compared to other fruits, making them one of the healthier fruits available. If you live in an area where fresh fruit is not always in season, opt for frozen berries with no additives.
Bananas are great for controlling blood sugar and can keep you from binging or over indulging at your next meal. Have one between meals. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before your next creative todo and benefit from the high levels of potassium.
5. Hemp Hearts
This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.
There are so many greens to choose from. Find greens that you love and eat them often. When you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and try greens that you’ve never heard of before. Rotate between kale, collards, watercress, arugula, mesclun, spinach, swiss chard and more.
Creative Flow Smoothie Recipe
1 cup Zico brand, coconut water
1 cup berries
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest brand, hemp hearts
1 handful of your favorite greens
Add all ingredients in blender, blend and enjoy!
If you’re inspired by this topic, Sheila Petersen is committed to helping you take your life to the next level through her company, Life Elemental. Visit www.LifeElemental.com.