We all know a healthy diet is essential for our body to function. That’s why at Dineamic, all our menu items adhere to the recommendations of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. By creating meals that include a wide variety of nutritious ingredients, we can help you ensure your body is supported with the essential nutrients it needs to thrive.
Getting the right amount of the five food groups each and every day is so important for the optimal performance of your body. But did you know food also affects your brain? Read on for the top 3 brain foods and our tips on how to incorporate them into your diet.
You might have noticed that what you eat can have an effect on your mood. The inner workings of our digestive system don’t just help us break down food, but they also guide our emotions. Often called the gut-brain axis, the interaction links the cognitive and emotional performance of our brain to our gut. Ninety-five percent of serotonin is found in the gut!
To keep your gut fighting fit to help improve your mood, incorporate foods that contain probiotics into your diet. Probiotics are found in:
- Yoghurt with live or active cultures. Enjoy some yoghurt with our Indian Vegetable Curry to cool down this spicy dish!
- Kombucha. A popular tea fermented with good bacteria and yeast.
Did you know our brain consumes 20% of glucose-derived energy? Meaning our brains need carbs to survive! Glucose, the cement that forms carbohydrates, plays a role in the production of the happy chemical, serotonin. Without enough glucose, our brain can’t function correctly. Glucose is found in:
- Rice. This versatile staple accompanies many of our meals! Like the brown rice found in our Thai Green Chicken Curry with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Rice or the wild rice found in our Honey Soy Chicken.
- Potatoes. We include several varieties in our meals, such as the roasted sweet potato in our Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry and the chat potatoes with our Smokey Chicken.
- Beans and legumes. Not only a good source of protein, but also are a carb! You can find them in our Beef and Burrito Mix as well as hearty soups like our Minestrone & Quinoa.
Specific fats are very important in the structure and function of neurons. Did you know 60% of the brain is made up of omega-3 fats? Omega-3 has also been linked to the reduction and development of dementia. To get more omega-3 in your diet, try:
- Avocado. So good as a side in guacamole and paired with our Chicken Burrito Mix.
- Oily fish. Something is not fishy here! It’s proven - salmon and tuna are filled with omega-3. Why not try our Atlantic Salmon Risotto?
- Olive oil. Originating from the Mediterranean and essential for cooking, at Dineamic we cook all our meals with extra virgin olive oil.
START LIVING A HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER LIFE WITH POWERFUL BRAIN FOODS
Well there you have it, our top three brain foods to start adding to your diet. By incorporating these nutrients into our daily lives, you can treat your brain with the care and support it needs!
What brain foods do you like to eat? Got any recipes that use probiotics, omega-3s or carbs? Tell us in the comments!