Moms are always multi-tasking. Whether they want to or not, they need to do it in order to keep up with the demands from work, family, friends and their own self. Forgetting the phone in the freezer, calling kids the wrong names and walking into rooms forgetting why are not unusual amongst moms.
Mom Brain is real. It’s a thing. New moms, seasoned moms and soon-to-be-moms are very familiar with the fog of fuzziness that’s forever floating around in one’s head. This fog is called fatigue.
Life is hectic, sleep is sparse, schedules are tight and moms are juggling more balls than the local circus performer. Add a pandemic to the mix and things just got a whole lot crazier.
Whilst there’s not much moms can do to slow down the pace of life, there are ways to help your body cope a bit better. One way is by choosing brain-friendly foods. Montagu Snacks support a healthier lifestyle and have put together a list of the best foods, to boost mom’s brain and body. Here’s their top 5 list:
5 Top brain-boosting foods for mom
Not a food, per se, but so important. Nothing contributes more to that sluggish feeling than dehydration. Moms often tend to lean too hard on the caffeine and forget to properly hydrate. Understandable, since we know how easily the day can run away with you. Add sleep deprivation to the mix and it’s no surprise you often feel like a total Mombie.
Coffee has great health benefits in moderation, so you should definitely have that vital coffee first thing in the morning. But make sure you also hydrate properly during the day to stay energised. Too much coffee and you’ll be riding the Caffeine Train with a one-way ticket to Slumpville.
Tip: Be better prepared by filling your water bottle and popping it in the fridge overnight. Take it with you when you’re on the go and leave it on the kitchen counter or with you at your desk as a reminder to drink up.
2. Dark chocolate
Oh, yes! But we’re talking proper chocolate now, moms – the dark and pure kind – with a lot less sugar and a load more health benefits. Munched in moderation, dark chocolate has been linked to improve brain function and blood flow, thanks to its natural flavanol and caffeine content. So you can feel pretty good about grabbing a 70 – 85% cocoa slab on your next trip to the shop. Your brain will thank you!
Tip: Add some dark chocolate chips to your morning muesli or oats, or add a couple of blocks to hot milk for a healthy and decadent brain boost.
Eggs are nature’s protein powerhouses. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, the humble egg is such a versatile food packed with protein, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12 and folic acid. Eggs are also an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that aids in memory function and development.
Now we’re not saying that eating more eggs will help you find your car keys the next time you lose them, but hey… you never know.
Tip: Add boiled eggs to your lunch box for work, add sliced eggs to a fresh salad, or whip up some devilled eggs for a fancy snack.
4. Veggie soups and bone broth
Nothing beats a hearty bowl of soup packed with lots of tasty veggies. With the winter months ahead, soups can be your go-to for nutrient-dense meals to combat a tired brain.
If you have the time, cooking up some bone broth has been shown to have amazing benefits for overall health and wellness. Nourishing and full of concentrated nutrients, bone broth is an amazing and delicious way to fuel and heal your body. Drink as is or use it as a base for soups, noodles and stews.
Tip: Make a big pot of veggie soup or bone broth over a weekend and keep in the fridge for a ready-to-heat meal during the week.
5. Nuts and seeds
Sometimes the smallest foods can pack the biggest punch. Nuts and seeds are nature’s nutritional nuggets, known far and wide for their amazing health benefits. Nuts have been shown to boost and improve overall mood and brain power – exactly what you’re needing in this season of life, right?
Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, known to support memory making and thinking skills. They’re also chock full of Omega 3 fatty acids to support overall mental health. Eating Chia seeds is probably the easiest way to get in all those important Omega 3’s though. They’re super versatile so you can easily work them into your daily meals and snacks.
Tip: Keep your pantry stocked with plain or roasted nuts and seeds for easy snacking during the day. Toss them into your morning muesli, your on-the-go smoothie or sprinkle over your favourite salads. Baking over the weekend? Include nuts or seeds into your bakes for a brain-boosting crunch.
Treat mom’s tired brain with Montagu Snacks
Montagu Snacks has the biggest variety of innovative dried fruit and nuts snacks that support an on the go, modern lifestyle. Healthy and super yummy, Montagu snacks are goodness that you can taste. Visit their website to find your nearest store or order your healthy, mind-boosting snacks online today!
By Montagu Snacks Brand Ambassador Mary Motlagae Mutlanyane.