Tag Archives: brain health

Socializing & Building Relationships for Brain Health

people-holding-hands1

Did you know socializing can boost your brain health?

Connecting with friends & family is one of the easiest ways to maintain a novel environment for our brains.  Friends & family provide opportunities to communicate, interact, and share experiences. They also provide the necessary motivation to stay mentally active and involved.

Socializing and sustaining a social network can seem difficult or daunting, but keeping in touch can be as easy as picking up your phone!  If you’re having trouble getting started, how about trying these 6 simple steps…

Your Game Plan for a Strong Social Network:

  1. Open your address book – Search your brain, book, or phone for your list of contacts.
  2. Pick your priorities – Categorize your contacts into 3 groups: Family & closest friends, Good friends, Casual acquaintances. 
  3. Make a plan to connect – Based on your priorities, determine some people you want to connect with weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly and mark reminders in your calendar.
  4. Follow through – Contact them in advance to schedule the get-togethers. If they’re not there, leave a message.
  5. Reschedule – If your friend or family member can’t make it, plan another day to reconnect.
  6. Meet & play Fit Brains together! – Once you meet, make sure you have something to do.  Playing Fit Brains is a great idea as you can have fun together & compare scores.  A little competition with your friends & family will also keep you motivated to continue to train & challenge your brain!

Fit Brains Trainer

By playing Fit Brains for 5-10 minutes a day, you can stimulate your brain health.  It’s probably the most fun & enjoyable exercise you will ever experience so take advantage of it!

We have some exciting plans coming up here at Fit Brains in the next few months that will certainly delight your brain, so stay tuned!

Fit Brains’ List of Happiness!

laughter

The Fit Brains team has created a List of Happiness!  Anyone who needs a little pick-me-up at anytime will just have to visit this list to break a smile :)

YOU can be a part of this list too…

What is one thing that triggers happiness in YOUR brain?  

Leave us your happy answer in the comments & we’ll add it to the list!

  • “Dancing keeps my body and mind happy and healthy” – Carol A. Keierleber
  • “MUSIC triggers happiness in my brain!” – Jordan Leo Yelle
  • “Books!” – Ulanda Dargis
  • “Spending time with my granddaughter” – Sharon Bylevedlt
  • “My pets” – Sylenda Harvey
  • “Meditation” – Ravel Viirsalu
  • “A hug” – Wendy Vanns
  • “Walk quickly 40 minutes/day” – Charles Eggerstedt
  • “Riding my bike to the local park to watch the sunset over the mountains” – Deane Alban
  • “Planting seeds” – Gail Asher Wells
  • “Seeing a smile” – Denise Gooch Orr

RECIPE: Lemon Garlic Hummus (improves memory & learning)

Hummus for the brain

Hummus is a Mediterranean staple that is rich in B vitamins and Omega-3s, nutrients that are essential to brain health!  Hummus is made out of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are healthy fats that will keep your brain nourished and focused.  Hummus is great as a study or work snack as it’ll help your brain remember things easier and stay concentrated.  Hummus also has no sugar and relatively little sodium, which is a bonus to maintaining a healthy diet as well!

Check out this simple & delicious Hummus recipe we have for you below that’ll help keep your brain performing at its best!

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Serves: 1-4

What you Need:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Whole wheat pita bread, cut into wedges

Putting it all Together:

  • In a blender, combine the oil, lemon juice, beans, garlic and salt.
  • Cover and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and serve with whole wheat pita wedges!

Leave a comment below & let us know how the recipe worked out for you.  Check out the Fit Brains collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!

RECIPE: Easy Lamb Chops with Blackberry Sauce (improves learning ability)

lamb with blackberry sauce

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

Serves: 2-4

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!

Leave a comment below & let us know how the recipe worked out for you.  Check out the Fit Brains collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!

RECIPE: Purple Monster Smoothie (snack drink for the 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

Serves: 1

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.
  • Use honey and vanilla to taste and voila!

Enjoy! :)

RECIPE: Glazed Hazelnut & Berry Salad (improves memory)

Here at Fit Brains, we have been testing and building up a beautifully delicious collection of recipes that help with improving brain health.  Now, we’re ready to start rolling out our collection slowly.  We will be adding a new recipe to our recipe collection page every couple of days, so make sure to check back often!

The first recipe we would like to introduce is the Glazed Hazelnut & Berry Salad.  This dish will help with memory improvement.

Glazed Hazelnut and Berry Salad

Serves: 2-4

What you Need:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 10 cups salad greens
  • 1 cup of your favorite berries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Special Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons shallots
  • Salt and Pepper as desired

Putting it all Together:

  • Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 F.
  • Combine oil and honey in a small bowl.
  • Add nuts to the bowl and toss to coat.
  • Place nuts in a small baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
  • While they cool, begin the dressing.
  • Combine berries, oil, vinegar, water, mustard, garlic and honey in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and stir in shallots.
  • Just before serving, place greens in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the greens and toss to coat.
  • Divide the salad as desired.
  • Scatter your favorite berries, feta cheese and glazed nuts over your salad and serve!

Let us know how you enjoyed the recipe in the comments below!  

Happy healthy eating from the Fit Brains team!

6 Tips To Relax The Mind

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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! The Fit Brains Trainer app is great for exercising the mind without any burden of stress. If you have kids, they can stimulate their brain skills with our new Fit Brains for Kids app as well!