As we get older, it gets harder for our brain cells to communicate with each other. Therefore, it gets harder to learn new things. Blackberries provide potent antioxidants known as polyphenols that zap inflammation and encourage communication between neurons, improving our ability to soak up new information!
Check out this healthy, easy. & scrumptious lamb chops recipe that features a delicious blackberry sauce. If you don’t eat lamb, you can also substitute the lamb with beef. Dinner is served!
Easy Lamb Chops with Blackberry Sauce
What you need:
1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, chopped
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups blackberry pulp
2 teaspoons honey
1 whole clove
1 teaspoon cardamon
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups red wine
4 lamb chops
Putting it all Together:
Saute the shallots and garlic in hot olive oil until translucent.
Mix the blackberry pulp, honey, clove, cardamon and jalapeno in a bowl.
Add the wine and cook until reduced to half.
Grill the lamb, and serve with sauce drizzled over top!
A yummy & healthy dessert to improve your visual senses after endless hours of looking at screens and books! Check out the Fit Brains‘collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!
What you need:
2 cups milk
1/2 cup fresh or dried apricots
1/3 cup honey
Putting it all Together:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
If using dried apricots, soak and drain prior to using.
We are often so busy we feel there is no time to add meditation to our schedule. But 10-15 minutesof daily meditation actually gives you more time by calming your mind and increasing your focus.
Your brain can adapt to a chaotic world, but it will function more efficiently over a longer period if you provide moments of inward reflection and rest. Mediation offers an easy way to achieve this. Taking a few minutes to meditate can also help you overcome stress and become more positive, happy and peaceful.Below are tips for beginners to learn how to breathe right and relax the muscles for meditation.
Sit with your eyes partially closed and turn your attention to your breathing.
Breathe naturally, preferably through your nostrils, without trying to control your breath.
Try to become aware of the sensation of your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils. The sensation of your breath is your object of meditation so concentrate on this and nothing else.
At first, your mind will be very busy; you might even feel that the meditation is making your mind busier. In reality you are
just becoming more aware of how busy your mind actually is.
Resist the temptation to follow different thoughts as they arise; remain focused on the sensation of the breath.
If your mind wanders and is following your thoughts, immediately return it to your breathing.
Repeat this as many times as necessary until your mind clears.
Muscle Relaxation 101
Squeeze your right hand into a fist as hard as you can.
Hold the fist and pay attention to how uncomfortable the tension is in your fist.
Now, slowly release your fingers extending them one by one.
Notice how the tension leaves your fingers.
Now try this with other parts of your body where you might feel stress.
Tense your shoulders, neck, forehead, stomach, and then slowly release.
At the end of the exercise you may notice that energy in the form of stress has left you and you feel better.
We hope this post has taught you how to easily incorporate a few minutes of meditation into your daily lives! Make sure to check out theFit Brains portfolio of apps when you are done relaxing and you’re ready to work out your brain!
A great snack that helps rejuvenate the brain after draining amounts of studying, work, chores, etc.! Check out the Fit Brains‘collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!
Purple Monster Smoothie
What you Need:
2 frozen bananas, chopped
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup orange juice (or soy milk)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
Putting it all Together:
Place bananas, blueberries and juice in a blender and puree.
Sometimes, the influx of work and daily to-dos are stressful for many of us. Our brains will likely become exhausted on more than a few occasions so we need to remember how to relax the mind!
Here are 6 tips from the Fit Brains team to help you clear & calm the brain during those stressful days!
Yoga / meditation – Practicing yoga or meditation will help relax the body, mind, and soul. Sign up for a trial yoga class, many community centers will offer the 1st class for free. You can also try meditating at home by sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, clearing your mind, and thinking about one specific but stress-free thing for 10-30 minutes.
Keep hydrated – Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated and clean. Toxins can build up in the body if it is dehydrated, which will often clog up the mind.
Listen to music – Listening to music you enjoy triggers natural endorphins in your brain, so take a break and listen to some soothing music that you love.
Shut off your brain – Do something mindless and/or repetitive. Activities like easy chores or light exercises are good because they don’t require a lot of thinking. Good examples are swimming, folding laundry, going for a walk, doing the dishes.
Eat right – Cut back on stimulating foods such as coffee, energy drinks, sodas, and candy. Also try to avoid processed & artificial foods. You are what you eat so you need to eat healthy to have a healthy mind!
Treat yourself – Do something you love and know will lower your stress level. We have all been living in our bodies long enough to know the things we like to do that will help us relax. Sometimes all we need is a break! Take a nap, get a massage, melt away in a bubble bath…do whatever you need to do to recharge yourself!
While brain breaks are great once in a while, don’t forget to keep your mind active on a regular basis to maintain its optimal performance! TheFit Brains Trainer app is great for exercising the mind without any burden of stress. If you have kids, they can develop their brain skills with our newFit Brains for Kids app as well!
Fit Brains: Sparky’s Adventures offers a first-of-its-kind approach to child learning and development. With a library of 200+ fun & healthy brain games designed for children ages 2 to 8, this app will stimulate the 5 key areas of your child’s brain and automatically adapts to the specific needs of your child.
200+ games for your child that are both fun and educational
Each game stimulates & improves a key area of the brain: Memory, Concentration (Attention), Problem-Solving, Speed, Visual
Automatic adjustment of game difficulty to match your child’s skill level and continuing growth
Rewarded treats that can be added to the “playground” to keep your child engaged and motivated
The “Parents Corner” offers detailed tools & charts tracking your child’s progress in different areas
A “Fit Brains Age Index” to show which age group your child is performing the closest to
The original Fit Brains Trainer has been highly successful, used and praised by people all over the world. However, we have gotten many requests for additional tools & products and we knew we had to start expanding our training to the entire family. We saw the lack of a comprehensive brain trainer for young children, and heard from many of our fans that they wanted a Fit Brains app geared toward their kids. It was here that Fit Brains: Sparky’s Adventures was born.
We hope this new app will bring education into playtime fun for your children. Leave us a comment below and let us know your child’s experience with the app!