Show your customers you care by offering some of these tasty and healthy ingredients in the gloomy month of January – all of them proven to boost your brain and bring you back to life faster!

Packed gyms, no money, little sunshine, summer holidays faraway – and fewer customers than ever.

Well, January is not the most profitable month – as we both know it’s quite the contrary. Don’t despair, instead take the opportunity to be seen as friendly and customer-conscious by adding some well-chosen ingredients to create healthy foods that’ll cheer you up and boost your brain power after Christmas.

Superfoods naturally improve your memory, focus and concentration – as well as protecting your brain from a number of diseases and age-related matters.

Skim through, get new ideas for your menu and pick up some facts you can share with your customers!

1. Blueberries

Blueberries and other berries are popular brain-boosting foods. They have very high levels of antioxidants, which help fight against harmful free radicals that can do damage to the brain. The high levels of gallic acid in blueberries also protect our brains from degeneration and stress.

According to a study from Tufts University, regular consumption of blueberries can delay short-term memory loss.

How to interpret it? Why not introduce a blueberry smoothie that you can top with pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, grapes and strawberries!

Avocado and baked beans, avocado with parmesan, avocado and feta smash on a toasted rye – what’s your favourite avocado toast?

2. Avocados

We love avocados – for a good reason. Not only are they one of the most delicious fruits (yep, technically it’s a fruit even though it’s fairer to call them a single-seeded berry) they’re also high in monounsaturated fats that protect brain cells. Their vitamin K and folate content help prevent blood clots in the brain, which can help you avoid a stroke. These two improve cognitive function, especially concentration and memory.

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which effectively lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Avocados also improve blood supply and oxygenation to the brain. Benefits are especially noted in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain in charge of critical thinking and planning.

Avocados improve blood supply and oxygenation to the brain.

The avocado toast (still our favourite) was one of the top breakfast trends last year (with some 530 000 Instagram posts) and will most certainly stay in the top. It’s simple to make and easy to twist a little for your menu. May we suggest some radishes, different organic seasoning and/or using a new type of whole grain bread from your neighbouring bakery?


3. Turmeric

The curcumin found in turmeric is what makes this a powerful brain-boosting food. It is an effective neuroprotective agent that can increase neural stem cell growth in the brain by as much as 80 percent.

Turmeric is an effective neuroprotective agent that can increase neural stem cell growth in the brain.

Studies also show that turmeric helps in the recovery of brain function in neurodegenerative diseases like stroke and Alzheimer’s. Another study published in Pharmacognosy Magazine proves that turmeric also prevents and reverses damage to the brain from exposure to toxic fluoride.

4. Walnuts

The shape of the walnut is also the shape of the human brain – that’s no coincidence. The vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in these nuts all work together to strengthen your cognitive health. Eating these nuts can improve mental alertness and help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

In an article found in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, it reports that eating walnuts is associated with better memory and brain function.

The antioxidants in walnuts also counteract age-related cognitive decline.

Beet it up!

5. Beets

Beets are a great addition to this list of brain-boosting foods. Some people do find the taste of beets a bit too earthy – let’s agree this superfood is a bit of an acquired taste, but it’s nonetheless delicious when you’ve picked it up.

The natural nitrates in beets boost blood flow to the brain. This means that beets help oxygen get to your brain. And more oxygen helps to improve mental performance. This also slows the onset of dementia.

The natural nitrates in beets boost blood flow to the brain – in other words more oxygen to your brain.

Beets also have choline, which helps boost the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and can improve memory.

Several members of the growing iZettle team are big fans of Borscht, the sour beet-based soup that’s popular in Russian and many Eastern European countries. Perfect to serve when it’s freezing outside!

Read the full article – with 5 more superfoods – Top 10 Brain-Boosting Food. This article was originally written by Kate B. Forsyth, writer at Be Healthy Today.

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